York County’s website disabled for political message

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – York County officials do not believe any personal or private information was compromised while the county’s website was disabled Friday.

County spokesman Carl Lindquist said the cause was preliminarily identified as malicious code on the server that allowed backdoor access to the public website. He said the code has been disabled.

The only function of the affected server is to host the public website. The county’s information technology networks are hosted independently in case of a malicious attack, Lindquist said.

Officials believe the attack was limited to replacing the county’s homepage with a political message.

The website, yorkcountypa.gov, was unavailable between noon and 2 p.m., brought back online, and then became unavailable again from 3:30 p.m. until 4:15 p.m.

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