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Hackers attempt to ransom Town of Canandaigua after locking data

Hackers attempt to ransom Town of Canandaigua after locking data Photo: MGN.

WHECTV
Created: October 14, 2020 03:39 PM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Town of Canandaigua announced it was the victim of a hacking attempt on Monday.

In a Facebook post, the town says the hackers tried to lock data and demand ransom money from the town.

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The post says the hackers likely accessed the files, which included planning documents, resolutions, and other general public information, through a phishing attempt, but backup files were available.

The town says no personal information was compromised, the locked data will be restored one the system is reprogrammed and the town will not be paying the ransom.

In the post, the town says it doesn’t store credit cards or other personal information for online payments in the part of the network that was compromised.

The town says the Town Board will likely provide an update at its next meeting on Oct. 19 at Town Hall at 6 p.m. and the board will be asked to consider a second meeting in October.


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