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Tahoe Regional Planning Agency suspects breach on website

Griffin Rogers

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s (TRPA) website is down this week after a suspected security breach.

No sensitive or private information was accessed in the incident, according to the TRPA, but the event did result in the public website not working properly for a short period of time.

Agency staff noticed the breach Wednesday afternoon, when the website didn’t seem to be displaying properly, TRPA spokesman Tom Lotshaw said. Upon taking a closer look, the TRPA discovered that some of the code used to determine how the website should function had been deleted.

The WordPress-powered website has since become inaccessible to the public while the planning agency bolsters security and migrates all of the website’s data from a dedicated server to a cloud-based host.

All the information and documents stored on the site remain in place following the incident, and no personal information was compromised, according to the TRPA.

The website is still accessible to TRPA staff, who are working quickly to fix the problem, Lotshaw said. However, the version of the website available to the public says, “TRPA.org is temporarily down for construction. Thank you for your patience.”

According to Lotshaw, the TRPA expects to have the website back up and running Monday.

“We apologize to the people who want to use our website and access it,” he said. “People can call us and email us and we will help them get the information they need until we can get the website back up.”

Meanwhile, the TRPA is reviewing the security logs of its website to determine if the level of intrusion requires reporting to the California Information Security Office.

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