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East Windsor, NJ breach triggered by opening an unknown email

The East Windsor cyber breach is a classic example of why you shouldn’t open an unknown email with links or attachments.

In its first update since March on a cyber breach, East Windsor Township officials said personal data and files were uploaded in an “encryption attack”.

The township initially called it “suspicious activity” which was first discovered on March 7. The system was taken offline and a cybersecurity company was hired to restore its operations. The city also conducted an investigation.

“As this investigation progressed, it revealed that the commune had been the victim of an encryption event. We only recently learned that some files may have been downloaded from the commune’s network without permission,” the municipality said in a statement.

The township did not disclose whether the breach was ransomware or whether a person or organization was paid.

Files downloaded, data accessed

Unauthorized access to the system also allowed access to “certain data relating to persons associated with the municipality”, although there does not appear to have been any misuse of the data. All those affected were offered free access to credit monitoring, fraud consultation and identity theft restoration services. There is no evidence of data misuse, according to the canton.

All affected persons have been notified via US Mail. The township on Thursday afternoon did not respond to New Jersey 101.5’s request for the number of people notified.

Township manager Jim Brady told NJ.com that between 900 and 1,000 people were affected.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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