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Hackers force closure of Will County Courts website

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JOLIET, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The Will County Courts website is suffering from a hack attack, the Herald-News is reporting.

The website was hacked last week and infected with a virus, according to Courts Administrator Kurt Sangmeister. He said he was informed of the breach Friday by the county's information technology department.

"We took it down, and we're trying to fix it," Sangmeister said Wednesday. "Apparently, we have been hacked somehow and there was some malware on there and some code got embedded in the site."

The site, willcountycourts.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 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, willcountycircuitcourt.com, remains up and running.

After he heard about the hack job on Friday, Sangmeister said he called the website host, Velocita Technologies 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 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.

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