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West Hartford website hack didn't pose threat to public safety

Posted July 7

— The website for the town of West Hartford was hacked on Thursday morning, according to police.

The hack was discovered around 7:30 a.m. and the city's IT department immediately took the web page down. Those IT members re-enabled public access to the site in less than 24 hours.

Before it was fixed, police informed residents that was interruption to online services because of the hack.

No residents personal data was compromised because of the hack, police said. Investigators added that the "attack is limited to the public website."

The incident is under investigation by the West Hartford Police Department along with the CT Intelligence Center.

Officials with the CT Intelligence Center stated "a large number of government website defacements have been occurring throughout the country; this particular one also hit communities as far away as California," according to police.

The site's provider, Granicus, which specializes in government websites, said it was hit with an exploit virus. It said communities in Santa Barbara, CA were impacted.

Granicus worked on a patch to fix the vulnerability for all of its customers. It was applied on Thursday night.

"All logs were sent to the CT Intelligence Center for further analysis since this impacted multiple government sites across the country, that investigation is ongoing," police said in a statement.

They said there was no threat to public safety.

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