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Security feature blocking some users from city website

People wanting to access the city of Jamestown website this week may have been greeted by a red-screen warning of possible malware attackers. The warning started popping up on computer screens on Monday, according to Jeff Fuchs, city administrato...

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This is the message some computer users received when they tried to access the city of Jamestown website this week. Chris Olson / The Sun

People wanting to access the city of Jamestown website this week may have been greeted by a red-screen warning of possible malware attackers.

The warning started popping up on computer screens on Monday, according to Jeff Fuchs, city administrator. He said he received emails from two people about the warning, but he didn’t receive any other complaints about the matter since then.

Josh Smaage, Stutsman County information technology director, is also in charge of the city’s computer systems and website. He said in an email Thursday that a security feature Google uses inadvertently marked the site as malicious. He said the city’s website is in review.

“It supposedly can take up to 72 hours or more to get (a website) approved as safe and taken off the list,” he said in the email.

Smaage wasn’t available to comment on Friday.

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