Municipalities took a beating this week with at least four reporting being shut down from new ransomware attacks or struggling to recover from an older incident.
Augusta, Maine; Imperial County, Calif.; Stuart, Fla.; and Greenville, N.C. were all in different stages of recovering from ransomware attacks over the last seven days.
Augusta City Center operations were shuttered after being hit with malware on April 18, according to the Sun-Journal. The city’s IT department did not say ransomware was to blame, but the description of what took place has all the hallmarks of a ransomware attack. The city said the malware gained entry into its network in an unknown fashion and then methodically locked up endpoints and servers. The attack has affected the police dispatch system, the municipal financial systems, billing, automobile excise tax records, assessor’s records and general assistance.
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