From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:
"Town officials announced Thursday night that the town was victimized by a “spear phishing” attack that resulted in $522,000 being “misdirected to a third party.”
The attack did not affect the town’s general fund, but rather a non-general fund account, said Town Administrator Jamie Hellen.
“I have been reassured that Franklin’s electronic data is secure,” Hellen said in a press release. “There is currently no evidence of a breach of our systems. All personal information, accounts and town software systems have been found not to be compromised. The incident was not a ransomware attack.”
Spear phishing involves sending emails, posing as trusted sender, with the goal to infect a specific target’s devices with malware or to steal information and/or money. Comparatively, phishing is less targeted toward specific victims and is more random, casting a wider net than spear phishing attacks."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20201009/franklin-loses-522k-to-spear-phishing-cyberattack?rssfeed=true
In case you missed the original announcement of the phishing attack: https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/10/town-of-franklin-spear-phishing-attack.html
On Friday, Oct 9, Jamie and I recorded our "Talk Franklin" episode and discussed this incident in more detail. You'll be able to hear that shortly. https://anchor.fm/letstalkfranklin/