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Ransomware Hijacks Colorado DOT Computers

Wednesday morning, a variation of the SamSam ransomwear virus grabbed more than 2,000 employee computers in the Colorado Department of Transportation.

February 22, 2018
A variation of the SamSam ransomwear virus attacked Colorado Department of Transportation.

Wednesday morning, a variation of the SamSam ransomwear virus grabbed more than 2,000 employee computers in the Colorado Department of Transportation, according to reports in the Denver Post. The file-encryption SamSam ransomware is the hijacking software that targeted the health industry last year, demanding thousands of dollars to release its hold on affected computers.

The Denver Post reports that the CDOT attack happened early yesterday morning and the department was able to quarantine the computers. Amy Ford, spokesperson for CDOT, said the hit was limited to employee computers running Windows and that CDOT's other services such as message boards and traffic alerts were not affected because they are on a separate network.

CDOT was running an anti-virus program at the time of the attack, but SamSam still gained access. Due to smart planning, the department's data is backed up securely.

The FBI has been called in to determine how and where the attack originated. Until then, Ford said. “The message I’m sharing (with employees) is CDOT operated for a long time without computers so we’ll use pen and paper.”

 

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