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The city of Pensacola, Florida. still struggling with the effects of a ransomware attack over the weekend.
A city spokesman said Kaycee Lagarde, confirmed on Tuesday that it was a lot of manual intervention. The news was first reported in the Pensacola News Journal.
“If we’re disconnected, many of the network until the problems can be solved,” Lagarde told Fox News on Thursday.
“We reported the incident to the FBI, FDLE [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] and Homeland Security, as a safety precaution.” she said.
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Welcome to Florida, the first stop on the Highway and 10 in the Blue Angel Navy Jet on display at the March 19, 2019 Highway 10, In Pensacola , Fla. – file photo.
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Escambia County Commissioner Jeff Bergosh discussed in the response to the attack in a blog post.
A city spokesman said Lagarde said that the e-mail server and a back-up copy, but since IT is still in the computers to be disconnected from the network, to the employees of the municipality have only limited access to the e-mail is. Most of the connections are re-established.
As the city continues to be operational, but we are somewhat limited because we are not in a position to make use of the computers or the internet until these problems have been solved,” Lagarde said.
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The field of Emergency dispatch and 911 services were not impacted, and will continue to work.
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The News-Journal, said that the message “the attack appeared to be using the same software as an attack on the Allies of the Universal”), a security company that has a branch in Pensacola.
Cyber security site, BleepingComputer is recognized as the Maze is a lot of manual intervention, ” saying that the operators behind the Maze, claimed responsibility for the cyberattack and demanded a $ 1,000,000 ransom for a decryptor.
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At this time, the city of Pensacola has not been confirmed by the report of the BleepingComputer.
“We are not in a position to get additional details about the attack itself, because of the ongoing investigation,” city spokesman said Lagarde said.
BleepingComputer was added to the Maze, the operators claimed that it was “not directly related to the recent shoot-out at NAS Pensacola.” The recording took place on Friday at the Pensacola Naval Air Station when three men were fatally shot.
In the case of a two-Universal, a lot of manual intervention attack was particularly detrimental, since there was no data stolen, in addition to the files that need to be encrypted.
“The government is auditing and academic research studies have shown that the governments are doing a poor job of managing their cyber security. That needs to change, and it needs to change very quickly,” Brett Callow, a spokesman for the anti-virus company, Emsisoft, told Fox News.
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In this case, it is possible that the data that is reported to have been stolen during the attack of the Allies, the Universal can be turned on in order for the assault on the city succeed,” Callow said. “If that’s the case, I can’t say, but the possibility nevertheless, it illustrates the need for stronger reporting requirements and better exchange of information.”
So far this year, a total of 948 public institutions, higher education institutions and the providers of health care have been affected by ransomware, Emsisoft said in a statement on Thursday.
In June, Lake City, Florida. the victim was a Ryuk attack. A $460,000 ransom demand was to be covered by an insurance policy, however, the city’s director was fired as a result. Not all of the data to be restored.
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In May, the Baltimore was struck by a strain of ransomware called RobbinHood. The city refused to pay the $76,000 is required, however, the attack has caused widespread disruption of public services, and real estate transactions.