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Langley City website hacked

The City of Langley website was hacked last Wednesday night by a group calling themselves the LatinHackTeam against corruption of the governments.

The home page was replaced with a black screen and red and yellow lettering telling users the site was now owned by “AdminP4nic — a Latin Hack Team against corruption of the governments.” They said “follow us on Twitter.”

Langley City chief administrative officer Francis Cheung said the hacking caught them by surprise when the page went down from 6:40 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. It took the city less than an hour to restore the site and erase all the hackers information.

It was the first time the City’s website had been hacked.

“We don’t know why we were targeted and the message on the site was quite cryptic, to be honest,” said Cheung. “It could be because we were out there on the web trying to promote the free Wi-Fi we are offering in the City.”

Everything on the City’s website is public, he said. There aren’t any sensitive files on the site and it’s not linked to municipal databases.

The website is run by a third party so the city is currently working with them to prevent hacking in the future.

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