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West Haven City Hall Victim of Cyberattack

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.

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.

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