Chilliwack takes website offline after cyber attacks

"Our website wasn't compromised but we took it offline right away to ensure that didn't happen," said a communications spokesperson

City of Chilliwack’s website was shut down Friday as a precautionary measure after reports came out that Adobe had been hacked Thursday.

A tweet from city hall explained: “The City’s website has been closed down temporarily by our IT department as a precautionary measure.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience.”

No worries, said city officials.

“Our website wasn’t compromised but we took it offline right away to ensure that didn’t happen,” said a communications spokesperson, Jamie Leggatt.

City staff were busy taking inventory of their web applications, after which they’ve pledged to bring the website back online.

The mayor said on Facebook page Life in the ‘Wack that later Friday afternoon is what they were shooting for.

“The shutdown of our website is a precaution. There was a data breach with the company Adobe and that had the potential to compromise our city data on our server software.

“Our staff are working to bring the basic functions of our website up and running hopefully by this afternoon.”

Cyber attacks are one of the “unfortunate realities of doing business” today, according to an online statement by Abobe Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin.

“Given the profile and widespread use of many of our products, Adobe has attracted increasing attention from cyber attackers. Very recently, Adobe’s security team discovered sophisticated attacks on our network, involving the illegal access of customer information as well as source code for numerous Adobe products. We believe these attacks may be related.

“Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders.

No decrypted credit or debit card numbers were removed.

“We deeply regret that this incident occurred,” said Arkin.