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New Jersey’s Montclair Township Cyber Attack Reported on Election Day

June 9, 2023

Montclair Township in New Jersey has been hit by a cyber attack, Mayor Sean Spiller reported on June 6.

The town was holding a municipal election on June 6. According to the mayor, the attack did not disrupt any voting systems. He urged voters to be sure to vote.

Spiller said it appears that the attack was by a criminal group that has similarly targeted other municipalities. He did not say if the city knows when the attack first began.

Federal and state law enforcement and Homeland Security are working to identify the source and the extent of the damage.

Spiller said the township is focused on restoring affected services and has retained experts to assist it with recovery.

The township, which is northwest of Newark, has a population of about 38,700. It is situated at the foot of the First Watchung Mountain and is home to Montclair State University.

While a umber of large cities including Baltimore, New Orleans and Dallas have dealt with cyber attacks, smaller cities have also been hit. These have included Augusta, Georgia; Frederick, Colorado; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Lowell and New Bedford, Massachusetts; Huntsville, Texas; Waynesboro, Virginia; and LeClaire and Moline, Iowa and Iowa’s Rock Island County and Davenport public schools.

Topics Cyber New Jersey

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