In August, ransomware paralyzed the Spencer Chamber of Commerce, in Iowa. The infection was isolated to the Chamber; however, all of the Chamber’s computers run off of one server. Meaning, the infection in that one server, spread to all Chamber computers. Luckily, the infection did not spread to other city departments.
The ransomware variant that struck the Spencer Chamber of Commerce was not reported. They also did not disclose the ransom demand.
The Chamber did not pay the cyber criminals to regain access to their systems. Instead, they ended up ordering all new hard drives, and replaced what data they could with their backups.
You may read the full story from the Daily Reporter here.
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