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San Bernardino County pays $1.1M ransom after cyberattack disrupts Sheriff's Department systems
Posted by: DP
Date: May 06, 2023 07:08AM
Apparently, someone clicked on a link...

San Bernardino County paid a $1.1 million ransom to hackers who infiltrated the Sheriff's Department computers, officials acknowledged Friday.

Last month, the department admitted a hack encrypted many of its files, disrupting systems and blocking access to data.

County officials told ABC News on Friday that the county carries insurance for such attacks and its share of the ransom came out to just over $511,000.

After negotiating with the hackers, the insurance company and county agreed to pay to restore the system to its full functionality and secure data.

Officials believe the hackers likely were able to access the system after someone on a county computer clicked on a malicious link.

Unfortunately, he says, when organizations decide to pay a ransom, word gets around among hackers - and others may try to target the same agency again.

Bhandari says the bottom line for cyber safety is to pay close to attention to what you click on in an email.


[abc7.com]





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Re: San Bernardino County pays $1.1M ransom after cyberattack disrupts Sheriff's Department systems
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 06, 2023 07:46AM
Now that is funny, the sheriff giving in to hostage taking.



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Re: San Bernardino County pays $1.1M ransom after cyberattack disrupts Sheriff's Department systems
Posted by: sekker
Date: May 06, 2023 09:20AM
My local school system was just hacked by a ransomware attack.
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Re: San Bernardino County pays $1.1M ransom after cyberattack disrupts Sheriff's Department systems
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 06, 2023 12:15PM
Now that is funny, the sheriff giving in to hostage taking.


No doubt the local tax payers will note the mirth as well.






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Re: San Bernardino County pays $1.1M ransom after cyberattack disrupts Sheriff's Department systems
Posted by: chopper
Date: May 06, 2023 07:21PM
The bad guys are winning when even the police decide to pay. I guess Interpol is of no use?

What can we assume? The bad guys can't be tracked or if they can then they are in a country bad guys run the place. And they are paid in a way that can't be tracked.
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Re: San Bernardino County pays $1.1M ransom after cyberattack disrupts Sheriff's Department systems
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: May 06, 2023 07:42PM
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What can we assume? The bad guys can't be tracked or if they can then they are in a country bad guys run the place. And they are paid in a way that can't be tracked.

Yes, Russia.
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Re: San Bernardino County pays $1.1M ransom after cyberattack disrupts Sheriff's Department systems
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 06, 2023 08:21PM
I’m sure the sheriff’s cybercrime unit is all over this.



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Re: San Bernardino County pays $1.1M ransom after cyberattack disrupts Sheriff's Department systems
Posted by: chopper
Date: May 07, 2023 08:12PM
I was just in SB. Pretty nice place if you can afford to live like a mile in from the freeway.
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Re: San Bernardino County pays $1.1M ransom after cyberattack disrupts Sheriff's Department systems
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 08, 2023 02:52AM
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I was just in SB. Pretty nice place if you can afford to live like a mile in from the freeway.

You're kidding, right? SB is the ashtray of the IE. The city declared bankruptcy a few years back and there's a pretty significant drug problem there.



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