The information systems of the city of Independence in the US state of Missouri were attacked by a virus-cryptographer. The attack began last week, but the disruptions continue to this day.
After the virus was infected, the city administration had to disable some of the information systems. This led to a failure of the system of bills for housing and communal services — residents of the city receive repeated bills for payment, or do not receive them at all. In this regard, the authorities of Independence will not impose fines on citizens who are late in paying bills.
“Independence has experienced technical difficulties and disruptions to many services. It seems that these violations were the result of an attack by a ransomware virus. The attack was detected before the entire infrastructure of the city was infected, ” said Mayor Zach Walker.
Now the IT department of the city is engaged in scanning the system and restoring servers from backups. Since the data in the backups is old, this causes the invoices to be resubmitted. At the moment, it is not known whether important data, including personal data of employees, fell into the hands of hackers.
So far, none of the hacker groups has claimed responsibility for hacking the Independence information system. The amount of the ransom that the attackers requested is also unknown.
At the end of November, the authorities of Delaware County in Pennsylvania paid the
operators of the DoppelPaymer encryption virus $500,000 in BTC.