Cyber attacks shutdown Calif. department's website

It’s unclear why the websites were targeted

By Hamed Aleaziz
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN JOSE — San Jose city websites, including the police department home page, were shut down intermittently for several days after being targeted by a cyber attacker, officials said Tuesday.

The city and police department websites were hit on Nov. 5 with a “distributed denial of service attack,” which occurs when loads of traffic are specifically sent to a website to congest and shut it down, said David Vossbrink, a spokesman for the City of San Jose.

The websites were intermittently down for a few days, according to Vossbrink.

The issue was resolved and all of the websites, including the police department’s, were back up and running as of Tuesday, he said.

It’s unclear, Vossbrink said, why the websites were targeted.

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