Manchester, NH, mayor’s e-mail account breached

CONCORD, N.H. — Someone hacked into Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta’s city e-mail account and used it to send about 650,000 messages, the mayor said Friday.

Guinta said the breach was discovered Thursday and that the e-mail messages were sent over 12 to 24 hours. Police are investigating and hope to have more information early next week, Guinta said. He said Friday he had not seen the messages but was given a brief description by the city’s information systems manager.

"They’re going through them now. It appears to be mostly spam that they sent out," he said.

Guinta said he was shocked because the city has a good firewall protection system to prevent such unauthorized access.

"It appears as though someone somehow accessed my e-mail and password. It has not been established how someone was able to access that information," he said. "I was shocked and obviously angry that somebody would use my e-mail and send out 650,000 e-mails.

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects. The crime of unauthorized access to a computer or computer network is a felony.

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