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Amber Alert website resumes operations

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On Monday morning, the website that normally displays information about Amber Alerts nationwide showed this message instead. On Monday morning, the website that normally displays information about Amber Alerts nationwide showed this message instead.

AmberAlert.gov is back up and running again, after the Huffington Post reports the person who operates the site was taken off of furlough Monday morning to reopen it.  The site had been displaying a message that it was "unavailable" earlier in the morning.

The website normally displays information about Amber Alerts issued across the country, but on Monday morning, instead of displaying critical alerts about missing children, the site read: "Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable. 

The message was displayed just below a U.S. Department of Justice seal.

Later in the morning, the Huffington Post reported that a DOJ spokesperson confirmed that the Amber Alert system itself had not been shutdown.  Only the website had been offline due to the government shutdown.  Huffington Post reports the reason for the message was that the sites were put behind a firewall so they could not be hacked while the IT professionals who run them were on furlough. 

Link: AmberAlert.gov

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