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Springfield announced it Discovered Cyber-attack that Occurred Several Months Ago

Credits: Chip Dickson
Springfield Police Department Credits: Ellen Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – On June 6, the Township of Springfield issued a press release and announced it identified a cyber-attack on its Police Department management server that occurred between February 22, 2017 and March 9, 2017.  In the release, it noted a forensic IT experts confirmed there was unauthorized access to the server during that time period and that “…the Township has no evidence that any personal information has been viewed or used inappropriately.”

This is a response from the Township Media Team to an inquiry, “The Township of Springfield recently identified suspicious activity on our Police Department management server, which may have potentially exposed some personal information of certain Township residents or visitors. Once we learned of this incident, we took immediate action including initiating an internal investigation and IT remediation, engaging external forensic IT experts to assist in our investigation and notified law enforcement, who are conducting an active investigation into the matter. It is important to note that, at this time, we have no indication that any personal information has been viewed or used inappropriately.

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According to the press release, the information referenced was described as “…some personal information of certain Township residents and visitors.”  The information may have included “…full name, Social Security number, driver’s license or state card identification number, State and Federal Bureau Investigation number, credit card numbers provided to authorities or that were subject to investigation, birth date, address, telephone number and police narrative.”

In addressing the issue, the Township “…remains vigilant in its efforts to protect confidential information of its citizens and visitors and has already implemented safeguards to help prevent additional cyber-attacks “.    It is working with all the proper authorities and “…will pursue prosecution of these criminals to the full extent of the U.S. law.”

Any questions should be directed to this toll free number 1-855-361-3678, Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. or write to the Township at 100 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081.

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