No one’s personal information has been compromised, said Patrick Corcoran, a spokesman for City Clerk Susana Mendoza’s office.
A staffer for Mendoza noticed the image about 5:45 p.m. Friday on the clerk’s official site, chicityclerk.com, and technicians immediately pulled the site off line.
“The hacking involved the placement of an image on the website that looked like a globe and a hand reaching out,” said Corcoran.
The picture was colorful and there was instrumental music and some words, apparently in Turkish, accompanying it. Corcoran did not know what it meant and said no one has come forth to claim responsibility.
“It was visible for about 15-20 minutes,” he said. “Our website was back up and fully functional and available to the public by 6:30 p.m.”
Corcoran stressed that no one’s personal information was in danger.
“Our site is a display-only site,” said Corcoran, who indicated that the office uses a third party-vendor to host the site so it’s “not part of the City of Chicago network.”
Corcoran said the site links to the city of Chicago network when someone makes a transaction for a product such as a city sticker.
Corcoran said maintenance work is currently being done on the clerk’s site to help prepare for the city sticker season and no one would have been able to purchase anything anyway.
They are still trying to figure out how this happened, Corcoran said.
“We are trying to make a determination as to whether the access took place on our vendor’s server or on our server,” said Corcoran.
“It’s unfortunate that we had to go offline temporarily but we’re pleased that we caught it and fixed the problem.”