Dakota Carrier Network hit by Maze ransomware

Benjamin Freed reports:

The company that operates a fiber optic network that supports statewide and local government entities across North Dakota was a victim of a recent ransomware attack that included some of the firm’s files being published on a website that attempts to shame victims into paying.

Dakota Carrier Network is a consortium of 14 independent broadband companies across the largely rural state that collectively own more than 40,000 miles of fiber and counts among its customers STAGEnet, a network shared by the state government and about 400 other public-sector entities, including city, town and county governments; K-12 schools; libraries; and the state university system. But early last Sunday morning, DCN learned its internal systems had been infected with ransomware.

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