CT City Pays Ransomware Demand

Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 05:10 PM gHale

West Haven, Connecticut, paid a $2,000 ransom to restore access to its computer system after a ransomware attack.

West Haven officials said Thursday they paid the money to anonymous attackers through the digital currency bitcoin to unlock 23 servers and restore access to city data.

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The attack disabled servers early Tuesday morning, and city officials said it was contained by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials initially didn’t want to pay the ransom, but research showed it was the best course of action, said city attorney Lee Tiernan.

City officials feel there is no reason to believe data ended up compromised. Employee pay was not affected.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the attack came from outside the U.S.

An investigation is ongoing, officials said.

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