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Access Montana back online after cyber attack

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RONAN — More than 3,000 Access Montana data customers were left with disruptions in Internet and television over the weekend because of a cyber attack. 

According to company CEO Jay Preston, the attack began late Thursday evening and was finally resolved on Monday at around 3 a.m. During that time customers experienced brief outages of one to two minutes and had problems accessing websites. 

At the height of the attack, the company's system was being shut down once per hour, accounting for nearly 60-70 gaps in service during the ordeal. 

Impacted areas included communities located as far north as Kalispell and as far south as Missoula. 

"We're back to normal," Preston said Monday morning. "It's probably the most serious outage we've had in our history of providing data service." 

The company was trying to pinpoint exactly how, why, and by whom it was attacked, but had few details about that available as of press time. 

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