West Haven officials pay ransom after cyber attack disables 23 servers at city hall

New Haven

West Haven City Hall recently fell victim to a cyber attack.

A statement from West Haven Mayor Nancy Rossi confirmed the attack on Tuesday morning.

Rossi said the ransomware attack began began between 2:49 a.m. and 3:16 a.m. on Tuesday and disabled 23 servers before being contained by 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

City officials and Connecticut State Police IT experts determined the best option was to pay a one-time fee of $2,000 to unlock the servers. The money was paid and data restoration began shortly after the transaction.

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Authorities said there is no reason to believe that any data was stolen during the attack.

The incident remains under investigation and the city is exploring measures to safeguard its technology from future attacks.

The full statement from Rossi can be read below:

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