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City of North Bend falls victim to a ransomware attack

On December 11, 2018, North Bend, a city in Oregon, reported that a ransomware attack rendered its computer systems and databases temporarily inaccessible to city workers. The cyberattack originally targeted the North Bend Police Department, but with many of the city’s servers interconnected, the virus quickly spread throughout the city's computer network.

Aftermath of the attack

As soon as the attack was identified, city officials reported the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fortunately, the most recent backups of the City of North Bend’s files were not impacted by the attack. City officials were able to work with the FBI to restore the city’s systems using these latest backups.

So far, security experts can’t confirm whether any sensitive information was accessed during the attack. Although the investigation did not reveal the perpetrators, the attack was traced back to Romania. The FBI also found that the virus entered the network sometime in October. Even though the city had insured itself against such attacks, it didn't have to pay the ransom due to its good practice of maintaining frequent backups. To prevent similar attacks in the future, the city has reportedly strengthened its firewall security.

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