Courts website hacked
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org May 22, 2013 1:29PM
Updated: June 24, 2013 1:53PM
The Will County Courts website is suffering from a hack attack.
The website was hacked last week and infected with a virus, according to Courts Administrator Kurt Sangmeister. Sangmeister said he was informed of the breach on Friday by the county’s information technology department.
“We took it down, and we’re trying to fix it,” Sangmeister said on Wednesday. “Apparently, we have been hacked somehow and there was some malware on there and some code got embedded in the site.”
The site, www.willcoun
tycourts.com., offers basic information about the courthouse including directions, where to park, who the judges are and how to access foreclosure mediation and arbitration.
“It’s pretty basic information,” Sangmeister said.
Visitors to the website address now see a message that says, “The Website Ahead Contains Malware!”
The hacked website is not the site where court case information is listed.
That site, www.willcounty
circuitcourt.com, remains up and running.
After he heard about the hack job on Friday, Sangmeister said he called the website host, Velocita Technologies Inc. of Joliet, and asked that the website be taken down until it can be fixed.
No one could be reached for comment at Velocita.
Sangmeister said he wasn’t sure when the site would be up and running again, but it won’t be reactivated until it’s clear of the latest malware. But hacks and viruses are always a threat, he added.
“I don’t know that you can ever be 100 percent hack-proof because there are some pretty smart people out there,” Sangmeister said.