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Naperville City Website, Email Down After Virus Found

Access to the city of Naperville's website will be unavailable throughout the remainder of the week.

If you've recently had trouble trying to access the city of Naperville's website, don't worry, you're not alone.

The city is currently experiencing some technical difficulties with its website after a virus was found and quarantined. Availability to the site will be "intermittent throughout the remainder of the week," according to a city press release.

Streaming media archives and e-mail services may also be unavailable. 

“As a precautionary measure, and at the recommendation of our cyber security consultant, we are bringing many of our systems down to ensure full system integrity," City Manager Doug Krieger said in the press release. "We appreciate your patience during this time.”

The city is encouraging people to call 630-420-6111 or visit the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., with any questions while the site is down.

Information about the status of the city’s website and how to communicate with city staff via e-mail will be made available through the city’s other communication outlets, including government access TV station WCNC (Ch.6-WOW, Ch.10-Comcast, Ch.99-AT&T) and WPFP 1610AM.

Residents and other interested parties can also visit the city’s Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/NapervilleIL and Twitter account at www.twitter.com/NapervilleIL.

Gerard Schilling October 05, 2012 at 12:05 PM
So we call a major hack into Naperville systems a glitch. Talk about spin. What’s going to happen when they go live with their smart meters and 56,000 more entry points to hack into our systems and shut down the electric grid and each of these smart meters? Hopefully, these creeps just shut them down and not burn them up. The question each of us has to ask is can we live without electricity for a week or month until they get everything back on line?
Jim Smith October 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Gerard, are you sure that it's possible to shut down a smart meter remotely? How do you know that the meters receive programming code and not just transmit data? A link to your sources would be appreciated.
Gerard Schilling October 05, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Jim the city bought the remote shut off/curtailment option as one of the justifications for saving money on dead beats. They would not have to send out an electrician to pull the meter. As is true with all unintended consequences be careful of what you wish for and with respect to these meters they have introduced a Trojan Horse onto our homes. Here is the PDF file on the Elster contract with the city. Most of it is boiler plate stuff but go to the specs addendum pages. Sorry it wont let me copy it. We had to FOIA it from the city. Send a email to the city and they will verify what I have said here.

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