Garfield County Pays Hackers to Unlock Files

Utah’s Garfield County Paid Attackers Undisclosed Amount to Regain Access to Network and Files

The number of recent ransomware attacks on public municipalities is staggering. Over the last few weeks, attackers have successfully infiltrated the networks of the City of Albany, the City of Greenville, Genesee County, Orange County, and now Garfield County.

The exact ransomware variant that infected Utah’s Garfield County is unknown. It is also unclear how the malware was able to worm its way into the network. In an attempt to minimize damages, the county took its systems offline. However, the damage had already been done. All of the county’s files were locked and the systems were taken over by an unknown person.

After remaining down for weeks, county officials opted to pay the hackers an undisclosed amount, to regain access to their files and networks.

Other Attacks

For a list of ransomware attacks that have already taken place in 2019, you may click here. We have also created a map, which may be seen here, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.

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