Bingham County Taken Offline After Ransomware Attack
Bingham County of Idaho continues to struggle to get all of their systems back online after ransomware hit their systems last Wednesday. On February 15, 2017 the county first discovered the ransomware. Every county office has been impacted in some way, whether it is their phones, database, or entire system. According to KSL, some offices are having to manually write all of their documents. The county’s emergency 911 systems have also been impacted. Although the 911 calls are still going through, they are not being recorded by the county’s systems. The dispatch teams also had to use alternative methods to provide directions to the emergencies, such as physical maps and cell phones.
The ransomware variant remains unknown. However, reports confirm the ransom demand is between $25,000 and $30,000. The county does not plan to pay the demands, but will restore their systems with their backup files. At this time, some restoration has taken place, but the county has yet to get back to 100% functionality.
To see a full list of ransomware attacks that have taken place in 2017, you can click here. We have also created a ransomware map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.