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(Neb)-Chadron PD Overcomes Ransomware Attack

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/28/2019 02:49 PM
CHADRON -  Add the city of Chadron to the list of municipalities and businesses that have been victims of ransomware attacks on their computer systems intended to make it impossible to access or use data without paying off the hackers responsible..

        Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino says his department's records were attacked by hackers who didn't steal data, but corrupted or encrypted it to the point that it couldn't be use.

     The hackers demanded $20,000 to provide the software key that would undo their work, but Chief Lordino says the city refused to pay and instead used what he calls "pretty healthy backups" to rebuild the department's server.

       Lordino told the Chadron Record that the hackers entered the police department computers through an old serve with a vulnerable port connected to a copy machine.

     Their attack took down the computers for a few days as the department's IT staff loaded all the data from its backups onto the new server, but the chief said the department continued to operate close to normal during that time.

       Lordino says changes have been made to the department's servers to increase security while an even bigger and stronger data backup program is in use.


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