Cyberattack causes Lafayette computer outage; officials pay $45,000 ransom

Colorado Daily: Lafayette officials announced the city was hit with a ransomware attack on the city’s computer system on July 27.

The attack disabled the network services causing city emails, phones, online payments and reservation systems to be affected. Over the weekend, city officials paid $45,000 to retrieve the key to unlock the encrypted data.

According to a statement, city staff detected the infection and ransom notification at 6:50 a.m. July 27 and disabled all network connections to contain the malware spread. According to the city, a preliminary investigation shows the ransomware entered the city’s network through a phishing scam or brute force, and looks like a random attack.

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