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Borough of Westwood falls victim to malware attack.


On June 25, 2019, the Borough of Westwood revealed in a notice that malware was injected into its systems by unknown hackers. Financial account information, Social Security numbers, and driver license numbers or state identification numbers were stored in the systems.

What happened?

On December 22, 2018, the Borough of Westwood detected some unusual activity in its network. Westwood immediately hired a third-party forensics provider to investigate the incident. It concluded that unauthorized hackers gained entry and installed malware in the systems. However, there was no evidence suggesting that the hackers managed to steal the stored information.

Neverthless, Westwood has taken steps to ensure that its network is protected from such attacks in the future with the help of the third-party cybersecurity provider it hired. The Borough of Westwood has reported the incident to the FBI, the New Jersey State Police, and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. All affected individuals have also been advised to review their accounts for any suspicious activity.

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