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Huntsville hit by cyber attack

The Town of Huntsville continues to work with experts to investigate the cybersecurity incident that occurred over the weekend
The Town of Huntsville is the victim of a cyber attack

The Huntsville Town Hall will reopen to the public today, with limited services, after being hit by a cyber attack over the weekend.

It's the second Ontario city to come under a recent attack as Hamilton suffered a ransomware attack Feb. 25  that knocked out several online services.

Cyber thieves have targeted municipalities in recent years.

Huntsville's website says precautionary measures "have impacted some of our systems and online applications. Please call ahead to confirm whether your request can be serviced at this time."

Some Staff and Council email addresses continue to be impacted by the Town’s precautionary measures. 

"There may be a delayed response to email communication. If your request is urgent, please reach out to the appropriate party by phone," says the website.

The Library continues to be open.

"The Town of Huntsville continues to work with experts to investigate the cybersecurity incident that occurred over the weekend. Upon discovering this incident, we initiated our incident response protocol and we took immediate steps to secure our network against further unauthorized activity."

The investigation, led by the cybersecurity specialists the Town has engaged, is currently ongoing.

"At this time, we have no evidence any sensitive data, including personal information, has been compromised; however, if this is discovered the appropriate steps will be taken. The Town is committed to being as transparent as possible regarding this incident and its implications for our community. This type of incident takes time to investigate, and we would like to thank the community for their patience."

Last September the City of North Bay confirmed a breach from a phishing attack that exposed approximately 300 customer names and associated outstanding account balances, with no other data compromised

See: Customer accounts compromised in phishing attack

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