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Cops investigate possible hacking of Islip’s official website

Islip Town Hall in an undated photo.

Islip Town Hall in an undated photo. Credit: Erin Geismar

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.

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