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Officials: No data compromised on Rochester Government, Library websites

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- We are learning more about what happened this weekend when a mysterious message appeared on two Rochester websites.

Officials said no data from either the local Rochester government or public library website was compromised during the incident.

Library and city officials said the message that appeared on both websites happened because a third party doing research on the two websites was compromised. The company is doing research on both websites to see where people click the most often. The company measuring that data is the one that was compromised. 

Officials said the message that showed up Saturday morning saying the sites had been "Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army" was a redirect that came from that third party.

Officials said the information on the Rochester government and public library servers is safe.

"Nobody lost any information," said John Hunziker of the Rochester Public Library. "There was no breech of our internal databases, security, nobody's number, nobody's library card. There was no information that got out. It was that third party that got hacked."

Officials took both sites down while they were checking to make sure there wasn't a data breach.

They say while the message may have been odd, there is not reason to be concerned.
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