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City of Laredo office recovering from ransomware virus

City of Laredo office recovering from ransomware virus (Breaches and Incidents)

By Julia Wallace, LMTonline.com / Laredo Morning Times Updated 10:11 am CDT, Friday, May 24, 2019 The City of Laredo is nearly back on its feet after a ransomware virus encrypted a document management system used by the City Secretary’s Office at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Co-Interim City Manager Rosario Cabello said Thursday afternoon that most of their departments’ systems were up and running again. But all city employees’ computers had to be shut off for much of Wednesday to contain the virus. The information technology staff for the city, fire and police departments were checking each computer one by one before turning them back on, Cabello said. He noted that if the city hadn’t had this insurance, they wouldn’t have been able to get their information back. The City of Laredo backs up their system every night, so they will be able to restore all their history, IT Director Homero Vazquez said.

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