(LAFAYETTE, Colo.) #CyberAttack Report: The City of Lafayette announced a malicious breach of its computer s ystem that was noticed on July.27: that crippled the network last week: City officials opted to pay $45,000 “ransom” rather than risk further delay or damage to the municipality’s online opera tions they said in a statement #AceSecurityDesk report

#AceSecurityReport – Aug.05: “I can tell you that using taxpayer funds to pay a ransom was definitely not the direction the city wanted to take,” Lafayette Mayor Jamie Harkin said in a recorded statement: According to a statement posted Tuesday on the city’s website, employees noticed the cyberattack at approximately 6:50 a.m. July 27th and promptly made attempts to contain it. However, the intrusion disabled much of the city’s network. Phone service, email, and online payment and reservation systems were disrupted:

#Cyberattack Report: Malicious breach of ‘ City of Lafayette ‘ computer system costs officials $45,000 in ransom according to statement CBSlocal.com/

“The ransomware that invaded the City’s system,” the city said in its statement, “was used by criminals to block access to the City’s computer data until a sum of money is paid: The City was coerced into paying a $45,000 ransom to retrieve a ‘key’ to unlock encrypted data.: Ransom payment was not the direction the City wanted to go, and pursued all avenues to find alternative solutions.

In a cost/benefit scenario of rebuilding the City’s data versus paying the ransom, the ransom option far outweighed attempting to rebuild: The inconvenience of a lengthy service outage for residents was also taken into consideration.” ………Some online services are still offline with no estimated time of repair.

#AceSecurityDesk report ……………..Published: Aug.05: 2020:

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