Town Of Moraga

Quick Response Successful After Ransomeware Virus Infiltrates Town's Computers

Late afternoon, Friday, October 17, while Town staff was busily preparing the agenda packet for the Town Council meeting on October 22, a ransomware virus infiltrated the Town’s computer network. The virus likely stemmed from an infected email message and encrypted files shared by all Town staff so that when one attempted to open a file, a demand payment of a $300 ransom appeared to decrypt the file. Town staff immediately shut down all computers and access to the network while the IT Team located the source and stopped further infiltration. By 8:30 pm, the network was back online but the full cleanup and restoration of systems continued into the following Tuesday. Due to the quick identification and response, damage was minimal and staff was able to prepare and distribute the agenda packets on time.

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