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Public Safety

Hartford Police Department and Hartford City computers, Hartford County

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

SC Now

  • School was postponed following one of the most severe cyber attacks against Connecticut's capital city
  • Hackers stated that there was a ransom demand leaving behind contact information but no specific monetary requests
  • It is unknown how the hackers gained access to their servers and over 200 computer services were affected
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Town of Plymouth & Plymouth Police Department, Litchfield County

Breach Type - Phishing, Ransomware

NBC Connecticut

  • Plymouth is another Connecticut town to fall victim to attacks
  • The attack began internally through an email and it is unknown who the employee was
  • The towns IT team is investigating into the attack and the Police department’s system and operations were restored
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Derby Police Department, New Haven County

Breach Type - Ransomware

News 8 WTNH.com

  • Hackers took control of police email system, payroll records and HR documents
  • Held critical data hostage more than 12 hours while demanding ransom
  • Files recovered thanks to a backup system, no ransom paid
  • No criminal investigative records and no personal information of officers compromised in breach
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Local Government

Connecticut Department of Social Services, State of Connecticut

Breach Type – Phishing, Data Breach

HIPAA Journal

  • A potential breach of 37,000 individuals information has been reported occurring between July and December 2019
  • Several email accounts were compromised and used to spam emails to several DSS employees
  • According to the breach notice the large volume of emails involved has lead to certainty that hackers did not access personal information
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Town of Vernon, Tolland County

Breach Type – Hacking, Other

Journal Inquirer

  • Schools were left without internet after bad actor attempted to access the towns computer systems
  • Phone systems were left online allowing schools and other town buildings to operate normally
  • More traditional methods are being used in lessons and most operations aren't impacted
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Town of New Milford, Litchfield County

Breach Type – Phishing, Data Breach

Data Breaches

  • New Milford victim of phishing cyberattack
  • Local law enforcement was made aware of the attack
  • Officials released notice pertaining to attack, steps for victims to take
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Hamden Town Clerk’s Office, New Haven County

Breach Type – Phishing, Malware

New Haven Independent

  • Town of Hamden, Connecticut victim of phishing cyberattack
  • Clerk's Office forced to utilize typewriters to complete absentee ballots and marriage licenses
  • IT Department advised employees to shut down computers to curb attack spread
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Town of Colchester, New London County

Ransomware

NBC Connecticut

  • Colchester is the next Connecticut town to fall victim to hackers
  • Computers in the town square had been infected with ransomware
  • It was not stated how many departments were affected or when the issue arose, investigations pending
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City of West Haven, New Haven County

Breach Type - Ransomware

WTNH

  • Ransomware attack disabled 23 servers over the course of 2 days
  • City officials and Connecticut State Police IT experts opted to pay ransom
  • Ransom consisted of one-time $2,000 fee to unlock servers
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Naugatuck Valley Council of Government (NVCOG) Website, New Haven Co.

Breach Type - Hack

Republican-American

  • Hackers took over NVCOG website
  • Staff members locked out of site, only accessible to visitors
  • Hackers may have implemented malicious code infecting systems with out of date antivirus
  • The agency's email and internal network unaffected from incident
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Town of Portland, Middlesex County

Breach Type - Ransomware

The Middletown Press

  • Second time in 2 weeks Portland targeted & hit by ransomware
  • IT Department, local support company, & forensic engineer worked to mitigate problem
  • Minimal disruption thanks to swift action
  • Notified police department of this cybercrime
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Connecticut Court Systems

Breach Type - Ransomware

NBC Connecticut

  • The protective order registry most impacted by ransomware
  • Court clerks manually sending information out
  • Judicial branch working to bring systems back online
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Connecticut State Agencies

Breach Type - Ransomware

WFSB

  • 12 state agencies affected by WannaCry ransomware
  • Detected & are working with partners to contain virus
  • 160 machines across 12 agencies unprotected & without antivirus
  • So far, no reports of data loss
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Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut

Breach Type - Hack

GovTech

  • Hackers gain access to networks of Connecticut Natural Gas & Southern Connecticut
  • Potentially breached the private information & government ID numbers for government employees
  • Offering one year of free identity protection services to those possibly affected
  • No evidence surfaced of misuse of information
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State of Connecticut Election System

Breach Type - Hack

Hartford Courant

  • Connecticut's online voter registration system target of Russian hacking
  • System scanned by hackers, no data breached
  • No evidence has surfaced of voter registration information being altered
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West Hartford Website

Breach Type - Hack

KCTV 5

  • City’s IT immediately took the website down
  • No personal data compromised
  • Site’s provider, Granicus, hit with exploit virus
  • No threat to public safety
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Newton, Fairfield County

Breach Type - Hack

Bleeping Computer

  • Rasputin, Russian Hacker, breached over 60 targets
  • Hacked data from Newton
  • Selling information on dark web
  • Specifically targeting counties and organizations with older cyber security systems
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Medical

Yale New Haven Health, New Haven County

Breach Type – Unknown, Data Breach

ABC 17

  • Data breach at vendor Elekta impacts Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Health
  • These issues have impacted cancer treatment at YNH
  • Problem began April 20th, 2021
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Starling Physicians, Hartford County

Breach Type – Phishing, Data Breach

NBC CT

  • Patient information breached in phishing cyberattack
  • Health center hired cybersecurity firm to assist
  • Officials are urging those affected to check for suspicious activity
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Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (or SCADD), New London County

Breach Type - Ransomware

Data Breaches

  • Several disruptions in the network were noticed and following investigations it showed that the systems were infected
  • Third parties had to be contacted to aide in the investigations following the attack
  • It is unknow if private information was accessed leaving some possibly exposed
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UConn Health, Hartford County

Breach Type - Phishing, Data Breach

Hartford Business

  • 326,000 patients may have been exposed
  • Employees and patients may have had personal information compromised
  • Hacker is still at large and it is unknown who they are
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Dr. DeLuca & Dr. Marciano Eye Associates, New Haven County

Breach Type - Ransomware

My Citizen News

  • Optometry offices were attacked by ransomware wanting ransom
  • 26,000 Patient files were exposed and tampered with
  • Office did not pay the $4,000 ransom and IT rectified systems
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Education

Hartford Public Schools, Hartford County

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

Fox News

  • Schools in connecticut had to postpone following a notification that MHIS saw ransomware causing systems to go down
  • It is not believed that sensitive information was stolen at this point
  • The bad actors are still at large and there was no specific ransom detailed with only contact information left behind
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Hamden Board of Education, New Haven County

Breach Type – Unknown, Malware

New Haven Independent

  • Officials announced school district was hit with malware cyberattack
  • Student and financial information remained safe
  • Approximately 30 devices used by staff were affected
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Watertown Schools, Litchfield County

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

WFSB

  • Sheriff's Office employee accidentally opened suspicious email, causing virus to infect agency systems
  • CAD, phone lines, and management systems were all impacted by the cyberattack
  • Officials successfully identified ransomware as the culprit, computers and server cleaned and restored
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Sherman School, Fairfield County

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

Newstimes

  • School board approved $10,000 for ransomware payment
  • State officials investigated cyberattack at school system
  • Numerous other communities were hit in attack
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Wolcott School District, New Haven County

Breach Type – Unknown, Ransomware

Eyewitness News 3

  • School district in Connecticut hit in ransomware attack
  • District had been victim of cyberattack previously in the year
  • Computer network, including emails, had been affected
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Bridgeport Public Schools District, Fairfield County

Breach Type - Hacking, Ransomware

Connecticut Post

  • City school district’s computer network attack by a significant virus
  • Outside entity holding district data hostage in exchange for ransom
  • District requiring mandatory password change to access system
  • Emails not involved in attack
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Yale University, New Haven County

Breach Type - Hacking, Data Breach

DOJ

  • Yale University discovers extensive data breach – dating as far back as 2008
  • Hackers accessed private Yale database, extracted personal information
  • 119,000 potentially affected individuals notified
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Middletown School District, Middlesex Co.

Breach Type - Ransomware

Courant

  • Ransomware virus locked staff out of computer systems
  • School District refused to pay ransom
  • District working to determine how malware was installed
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5 Connecticut School Districts

Breach Type - Hack

NBC Connecticut

  • Avon Public Schools District hacked with DDoS attacks & internet brought down as a result
  • Wallingford School District fell victim to a spear-phishing scheme sent W-2 forms, servers infected with viruses from hackers
  • Milford Public Schools fell victim to phishing scheme
  • Middletown School District reported ransomware attack on its network
  • Meriden School District experienced DDoS attacks which brought their internet down
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Newtown Public Schools

Breach Type - Hack

WFSB

  • School website falls victim to hackers
  • 800 websites affected in attack
  • Team System Dz hacking group takes credit for the incident, posting propaganda on webpages
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Glastonbury School District

Breach Type - Phishing

NBC Connecticut

  • Superintendent claims district fell victim to W-2 phishing scam
  • Submitted 2016 W-2 to hackers, leaving 1,600 potential victims
  • Other school districts in the U.S. targeted by same attack
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Groton Public Schools

Breach Type - Phishing

U.S. News

  • Groton Public School employee falls victim to spear-phishing scheme
  • Hacker requested personal W-2 information
  • Multiple workers involved in the breach
  • Email originated overseas, sent to hundreds of school districts
  • IRS sending an agent to discuss incident with district employees
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Shelton High School

Breach Type - Hack

Bleeping Computer

  • Former Shelton High student launched multiple DDoS attacks
  • Hacker used mobile applications to control/launch attacks
  • Caused Shelton computer system to crash
  • Police arrested hacker, charging with 3rd degree computer crimes
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