UPDATE: Lake City fires employee after paying ransom in malware attack

WCJB reports:

The city manager of Lake City, Joe Helfenberg confirmed that the director of information technology, Brian Hawkins, was fired.

This decision comes after a “Triple Threat” cyber attack that disabled city servers, phones, and email that resulted in ransom.

Lake City paid $460,000 in ransom for a cyber attack through the cyber cryptocurrency, Bitcoin

Read more on WCJB. It doesn’t explain why the employee was fired. Is this just a case of throwing someone under the bus to deflect blame or was their some actually some basis?  At this point, it’s unknown.

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