Alaska town returns to typewriters after ransomware attack shuts down computer network
When a cyber-attack crippled computer networks in a borough in Alaska, officials happened upon an old-fashioned solution – typewriters.
Government workers in Matanuska-Susitna are now using humble typewriter to carry out their daily tasks after they found their computers held hostage to ransomware.
The malware encrypted the borough’s email server, internal systems and disaster recovery servers, a spokeswoman said.
She said staff had "resourcefully" resorted to typewriters and were writing receipts by hand while officials rebuild their computer systems.
Ransomware is a malicious software that allows hackers to demand payment in exchange for restoring computer services.
The borough of Matanuska-Susitna, which is part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, said almost all of its 500 desktop computers and 120 of its servers were affected.
Telephone systems, a door entry card systems and the network’s back-up data were also hit, according to Eric Wyatt, the borough’s IT director.
The ransomware attack spread on July 24, according to technology news site Bleeping Computer.
Officials believe the malware may have entered its systems some time in May.
Mr Wyatt said anti-virus software had spotted one part of the virus on July 17 but failed to detect all the components of the malware.
"Though it initially appeared that our data was a complete loss, we have recently recovered data from the shared drives," he said.
"Email does appear to be completely unrecoverable."
Some restored systems have reverted to data from a year ago and the borough is in the process of rebuilding every computer hit by the virus.
Mr Wyatt said the encrypted data will be stored in the hope that the FBI can find a way to recover it.
source : The Telegraph https://ift.tt/1P10xvm August 8, 2018 at 10:02PM