Pottawatomie Co. pays hackers to restore computer systems after cyber attack
Chris Fisher reports:
Officials in Pottawatomie County say computer systems are slowly being restored after a ransom was paid to hackers.
County officials say several of their servers were encrypted during a cyber attack on September 17, 2021.
The county was able to resolve the attack by paying less than 10% of the hacker’s original demands.
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While they brag about how they talked the threat actors down in amount of demand, did anyone ask them why they were unable to use a current backup? Did they even have one?
The most recent notice on the county’s site is from September 28. It states:
Pottawatomie County computer networks and systems are currently offline. We don’t have a date yet when systems will be fully restored, but we are working diligently to address the problem and restore services as soon as possible.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are doing as much as we can with pen and paper, but some services are unavailable until systems are restored.
If you need to do business with a County department or agency, please call the appropriate office before stopping in to make sure we can provide what is needed. Click here for a Staff Directory. Thank you for your patience.
We will post updates here as the situation is resolved.