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City of Independence targeted in apparent ransomware attack

Ransomware is back, one more thing to worry about
Posted at 10:51 AM, Dec 07, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city of Independence said Monday it believes its technology infrastructure recently may have been the victim of a ransomware attack.

City manager Zach Walker announced in a news release that city staff noticed an event that disrupted several city services, but that staff were able to intervene before it affected all of the city’s systems.

Walker said staff have been working around the clock to investigate the incident and restore access to affected systems.

“The City of Independence recently experienced an event that resulted in technical difficulties and disruption to multiple services,” Walker said in a statement. “It appears that these disruptions are the result of a ransomware event that was discovered and stopped before it could infect the full city network.”

Walker said the city hopes to provide additional information as the investigation continues.