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Cops investigate possible hacking of Islip’s official website
Suffolk County police are investigating allegations that someone hacked the Town of Islip’s official website last month.
The website, which is hosted on an off-site town server, crashed about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 24, said town spokeswoman Inez Birbiglia. The incident was reported to police at about 8:10 p.m.
The town’s Internet connection is managed by a Nesconset-based company called Sidera Networks, which also publishes the town website’s IP address to the network. Sidera did not respond immediately to a message seeking comment.
The website was back online the morning of Aug. 27, officials said. No personal information was breached as a result of the hacking, Birbiglia said.
Police and town officials said they’re unaware of a motive. No arrests have been made.
“We have taken immediate steps to protect ourselves,” Birbiglia said, after the incident.