City Hall data breach probed

City of­fi­cial: IT di­rec­tor says noth­ing stolen or com­pro­mised

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Zaret­sky mzaret­sky@nhreg­is­ @markzar on Twit­ter

WEST HAVEN » Po­lice were called in Thurs­day morn­ing to in­ves­ti­gate a pos­si­ble breach of City Hall com­puter servers, Mayor Ed O’Brien and Di­rec­tor of Fi­nance Kevin McNabola con­firmed Thurs­day night.

McNabola said he didn’t know for sure what data, if any, the breach — dis­cov­ered two days af­ter Tues­day’s Demo­cratic pri­mary — in­volved or whether any­thing was miss­ing or com­pro­mised, although he had been told it may have been an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt.

“There was a data breach with some servers ear­lier this morn­ing,” McNabola said Thurs­day night. “It was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and looked at by our IT di­rec­tor and the au­thor­i­ties.

“I do know the IT di­rec­tor did in­di­cate that there was noth­ing com­pro­mised or stolen off of the servers — and he had im­ple­mented all of the nec­es­sary safe­guards” to pre­vent that from hap­pen­ing, McNabola said.

The city’s IT di­rec­tor, Dave Richards, could not im­me­di­ately be con­tacted.

Po­lice did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

“I know there was a data breach,” O’Brien said late Thurs­day. “The po­lice cy­ber crimes unit is look­ing into it . ... Po­lice were there all af­ter­noon — for at least three or four hours.

“But to the best of my knowl­edge there was no per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, no So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, no med­i­cal records” in-

volved, he said.

O’Brien, who lost by a nar­row mar­gin in Tues­day’s pri­mary against Demo­cratic chal­lenger Nancy Rossi, said that as far as he could tell, “I think it was an un­suc­ces­ful at­tempt.

“I think some­one tried to hack in some­how,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously, we take any kind of a breach very se­ri­ously,” said McNabola. “Any­time there’s a breach of servers or se­cu­rity, it’s go­ing to be an au­to­matic po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. At this point, it’s an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

McNabola, who con­firmed in­for­ma­tion ini­tially ob­tained from sources, said he didn’t know whether the at­tempt to ac­cess the servers was from within or out­side of City Hall.

“That’s still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated,” he said.

The city has sev­eral servers, McNabola said.

One source said there are very few peo­ple with the pass­words to get into the servers and that McNabola was one of them.

McNabola said he didn’t know whether he had the pass­word to get into the spe­cific server in ques­tion and “I’m not sure I know how to get into the server.

“Typ­i­cally, the only ones who go into the servers are the IT peo­ple,” he said.

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