Dayton Daily News
Systems functional after malware attack
Akron expects all publicly accessible digital and online systems to be up and running in the wake of a malware attack on the city’s network in late January.
The city’s 3-1-1 information line, online bill pay systems in all departments and city email are fully functional, city spokeswoman Ellen Lander-Nischt said.
Those system were voluntarily taken offline to prevent the malware from infecting other areas of the city’s network. Gov. Mike DeWine deployed an Ohio National Guard cyber security team to assist.
“The criminal investigation is still ongoing and we don’t have any new details to share on that aspect at this point,” Lander-Nischt stated.
The malware attack was first noticed the week of Jan. 21, when IT employees detected suspicious activity on the network and notified police. The malware targeted the city’s accounts to steal money. When the network’s cyber security system prevented the theft of money, the hackers unsuccessfully tried to coerce the city to pay to have the system unlocked, the city reported
The city’s systems were shut down to protect the infrastructure. The city has been working with state and federal authorities to mitigate