Officials based at the City of Del Rio, in Texas, were forced to abandon electronic services and switch to pen and paper after a ransomware attack effectively closed down City Hall servers. City representatives disclosed the cyberattack last week. The city was struck by the ransomware on Thursday, leading to all servers being disabled to prevent further spread. More security news Government shutdown: TLS certificates not renewed, many websites are down Malware found preinstalled on some Alcatel smartphones What happens when the cops get hit with malware, too? Google search results listings can be manipulated for propaganda Del Rio’s Management Information Services (MIS) department then attempted to isolate the malware by turning off all Internet connections for other city departments. In turn, this prevented any members of staff from logging into government systems. See also: These are the courses UK police are set to take in cybersecurity As a result, employees of each department were forced to use pen and paper in their work and go back to manual entry for transactions taking place — as and when they could considering there was no access to historical records — while the ransomware was contained. CNET: Congress asks FCC for emergency briefing on ending location data sales City officials have informed the FBI of the cyberattack and the Secret Service has now become involved in attempts to find out who is responsible. It is not known at present who is behind the ransomware, what kind of malware is at fault, or whether or… [Read full story]
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