Village Website Was Hit With Malware Attack From Ukraine

Village Director of IT said sensitive information not compromised

According to the Village's Director of IT, the problems (see photo) the village website had on-and-off for about a month was due to a malware attack he traced back to Ukraine, Dylan Hansen told Patch Monday. Hansen said sensitive information was not compromised or extracted by the ex-Bloc troublemakers.

As computer crimes in Eastern Europe are rarely prosecuted, Hansen was not optimistic there would be any justice. Malware is programming code largely designed to disrupt the system, or extract data from the host.

Asked why the village tax assessor's site was down since roughly the October snowstorm, Hansen said it was simply from changing internet service providers. The assessor's site was back online at about 10 a.m. Monday.

Jim November 30, 2011 at 04:07 AM
I know server maintenance is supposed to happen off hours but man that was prob the worst time to bring the site down
AMAMOM November 30, 2011 at 04:15 AM
A little too ironic for me. The tax assessors site went down in October and came back up on the same day that this news source inquired about it. You don't have to work in IT to know that it doesn't take 4 weeks to perform maintenance on an existing server. Heck, it doesn't take 4 weeks to bring a brand new server on line. In the future, I would suggest spending less time tracking the IP address of the party who infiltrated your less than secure information only site and more time getting your financial systems secured, up and running.
AMAMOM November 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Anonymous, I sincerely hope that you don't work at a publicly traded company, if so, then you many not be working there much longer as they won't be in business much longer. It may be all right for an "information only" website to be off line, insecure and/or never updated but that doesn't work in the "for profit" world. Best of luck to you and please please please find new providers and/or negotiate better contracts so that your company gets better service and are no longer "at their mercy" Unheard of in my experience in the for profit, publicly owned business world. Thanks for the tip about reading... I suggest you read the next IT contract that comes across your desk before signing it. Good Luck
Marcia Ringel November 30, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Once the servers have been handled, how about a total redesign of the village website by somebody who has a clue? It could and should be 1000% better, with tons more information readily available. Maybe money would have to be allocated for this; if so, well worth it. Let's enter the 21st century.


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