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'That is troubling': City of Westfield reports its computers were breached in a cybersecurity attack

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Posted at 9:06 AM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 14:09:06-04

WESTFIELD — The city of Westfield’s computer system was breached in a cybersecurity attack earlier this week, city officials confirm.

The cyberattack happened at the clerk's office on Monday night, according to Vicki Gardner, Westfield's communications director.

According to Blake Burgan, the city of Westfield's attorney, an "unauthorized third party" copied the computers' hard drives, which has access to the city's financial accounts, city employees' personal information, "and more."

Gardner stated in a release that Cindy Gossard, Westfield's Clerk-Treasurer, has yet to learn what information was accessed or downloaded.

"She admitted, however, that the third party copied the entirety of city computers’ hard drives. That is troubling," Gardner stated.

In a letter addressed to Gossard's attorney, and shared with WRTV, Burgan expressed his concern with the clerk's alleged "disregard" for the breach.

According to the city, it is taking "all appropriate action to address this issue and safeguard its data."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed with WRTV that it is aware of the breach, but will not be assisting investigators.

WRTV has also reached out to the Westfield Police Department and Indiana State Police but has yet to hear back.