West Haven City Hall was the victim of a cyberattack early Tuesday morning that cost the city thousands of dollars, according to a statement from the mayor.
A ransomware attack disabled 23 servers, according to the statement from Mayor Nancy Rossi. West Haven police determined the attack came from outside of the U.S. The attack occurred between 2:49 a.m. and 3:16 a.m. Tuesday, and was contained by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rossi said.
Rossi said the city paid a one-time $2,000 fee to unlock the servers, and critical systems were back up shortly after payment was made. At this stage it does not appear any data was stolen, but a consulting company has been brought in to assess the impact and continue restoration of the systems.
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Local, state and federal authorities are all investigating. Federal authorities said West Haven is the latest victim of a trend of cyberattacks on cities and towns.