West Hartford, Conn., Police Investigate Hack to Town's Website

Police said the town's IT department took down the Web page after finding it had been hacked at about 7:30 a.m.

by Mikaela Porter, The Hartford Courant / July 7, 2017

(TNS) -- Police are investigating after the town's website was reportedly hacked early Thursday morning, but officials say no personal information of users of the site was breached.

The website — www.westhartfordct.gov — was inaccessible, with a notification that says either: "This site can't be reached" or "www.westhartfordct.gov took too long to respond."

Police said the town's Information Technology department took down the web page after finding it had been hacked at about 7:30 a.m. The department worked to restore the website, which is now back up, but police said there may have been some interruption in services while the page was offline.

Police said they worked with the Connecticut Intelligence Center, part of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, to find out how the hack happened. The center told police that a large number of government websites have had issues with defacement and as far away as California.

Police said there is no threat to public safety. The hack is limited to the public website, they said, and is separate from the town's network, and no personal data was compromised.

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