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By Katina Caraganis


SHIRLEY — The town of Shirley’s website was hacked for a third time this year on Thursday, with the home page displaying a picture of a cloaked person with words written underneath and an email address.

The incident is the second in one week, with the first occurring at the beginning of the month and displaying a picture of an eagle with the words: “We’re not the first but we’re the best.”

The picture was immediately removed Thursday morning and replaced with a message saying there was an internal server error and to contact the webmaster with any questions.

“If it’s anything like it was the last time, the implications are quite minimal because there is nothing on the website that displays personal information,” Selectman Andy Deveau said.

He said that this isn’t completely out of the ordinary.

“The fact that it’s happened to us a few times isn’t unusual in the real world, but it’s annoying. Because it’s annoying and it makes it difficult for people to get info from our website, it’s an annoyance that needs to stop,” he said.

The town contracts their information-technology services to IT Guardian of Nashua, N.H., but according to Dave Berry, the chief administrative officer, the town is looking to bring in an IT administrator on a part-time basis to work in conjunction with IT Guardian.

It is likely the on-site administrator would deal with the day-to-day IT problems at Town Hall, while also conducting some training, and that person would likely work with IT Guardian when bigger problems arise.

He said that he and other staff at Town Hall are taking these three hacking incidents very seriously and will take the necessary steps to prevent them from happening again.

Once this problem is resolved, Berry said he would have a discussion with representatives from IT Guardian about possibly switching servers to prevent anything from happening again.

A call to IT Guardian was not immediately returned.

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