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Town of Huntsville closes municipal office for 2nd day amid cybersecurity incident

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The Town of Huntsville says its municipal office will remain closed for a second day today and some council meetings are being rescheduled as specialists investigate a cybersecurity incident.

Huntsville is the 2nd Ontario municipality to report hack in 3 weeks

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Huntsville, the second Ontario municipality to report a cybersecurity incident in the last three weeks, says precautionary measures have affected some of the municipality’s online services. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

The Town of Huntsville says its municipal office will remain closed for a second day Tuesday and some council meetings are being rescheduled as specialists investigate a cybersecurity incident.

The town in Ontario’s Muskoka region says on its website it discovered the incident over the weekend and, at this time, it has no evidence that any sensitive data, including personal information, has been compromised.

However, the town has initiated its incident response protocol and says it has taken immediate steps to protect its network from further unauthorized activity.

The town says the precautionary measures have had an impact on some of the municipality’s online services, but its library is expected to be open today after the incident shut it down on Monday.

Huntsville is the third Ontario municipality to recently report a cybersecurity incident.

Officials in Hamilton said last week that they have engaged experts, insurers, lawyers and others in their efforts to completely restore the city’s systems following a Feb. 25 attack.

It has also taken months for the Toronto Public Library’s systems to be restored after a cyberattack late last year.

With files from CBC News

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