WATSEKA — Iroquois County's financial director said she has been working with the county's telephone service provider to remove hundreds of dollars in charges that resulted from the county's phone system being hacked in September.
Financial Director Anita Speckman said someone hacked into the phone system on Sept. 11 and made 192 international calls to Latvia, resulting in $1,755 in fees on the county's October AT&T phone bill.
After contacting AT&T's fraud department, Speckman was informed by the company that around Sept. 24 or Sept. 25, the county's phone system was apparently hacked again.
"I haven't seen any information on that second one," Speckman said. "We haven't received that bill. AT&T just told us that once they started to look at (the first incident), as they and I talked, they saw a second occurrence."
AT&T has told Speckman that all of the charges will be removed.
"We're not going to see any expense here," she said. "It will all be credited. It's just a lot of monkeying around, and a little shocking at first."
Speckman informed the county board's policy and procedure committee about the incidents on Thursday. She said changes are being made to prevent such incidents from occurring again.