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Hacking drives Olmsted Falls' website offline
Host company blames the site's 1990s technology

Kevin Niedermier
Olmsted Falls Mayor Ann Marie Donegan hopes her city's new webpage will be more popular than the one recently driven offline by a hacker.
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The Olmsted Falls city webpage has been off-line for nearly a week because it was hacked. But according to the mayor, it hasn’t been missed.

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Earlier this month, Mayor Ann Marie Donegan says a hacker deleted information on Olmsted Falls’ webpage and replaced it with gibberish and nonsense. And because the website was a vulnerable 1994 vintage, the host company took it offline as the hacking threatened other clients' sites. Donegan says few residents noticed the absence.

“This is kind of the upside of having such an old system that no one frequents it any longer, so the impact is very little. This has been a very controversial issue over the last four to five years where couple of us as councilmen attempted to get a new website because we believe obviously we need better ways of communicating.”

Donegan says when she became mayor in January, a new website was one priority. And fortunately, she and the council had agreed to upgrade to a state-of-the-art system before the old page was hacked. Donegan says Olmsted Falls’ new website should be online by the end of the year.

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