Hitting Close To Home- Genesee County Held Hostage By Ransomware
Last Tuesday, Genesee County’s IT systems were hit by a ransomware attack that is still affecting them today. The scope of the attack, as described by the Genesee County Board of Commissioners on their Facebook page is “more extensive than originally thought” but what we do know is that the ransomware attack crippled their IT systems, disabled email functions, and is still preventing residents from paying bills in person and online.
Since the ransomware attack was first discovered, county officials, along with Michigan State Police and the FBI, have been focused on restoring the data and confirming, what if any, data has been compromised. You can read more about the attack here.
According to Joshua Freeman, the Genesee County Board of Commissioners' Coordinator, the public will likely be impacted when it comes to how they interact with their county government until the issue is resolved.
What about your business? Could you wait a week (or more) after a ransomware attack to access your data and be responsive to your customers? How long before the loss of business and downtime would cause permanent damage to your reputation and your bottom line?
Ransomware has quickly become one of the biggest cyber threats to businesses today. How your business can become a victim of an attack is very simple. One way is tricking a user into opening an executable file (either as an email attachment or downloaded from a webpage linked in an email). Then there are compromised user credentials. 63% of all network intrusions and data breaches are due to compromised user credentials. No matter how the cyber criminals get in, once they have access to your network, they swiftly encrypt your data and files and holds them for ransom
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