Richmond Heights City Hall suffered a ransomware attack on July 1, 2019. The ransomware attack infected the City’s computers and servers. However, email and internet services were not affected.
Mayor David Roche said the ransomware infected the City Hall when someone opened a phishing email from an anonymous sender. The ransomware encrypted all the files and the infected computer screen displayed the ransom note, demanding a ransom payment in bitcoins. However, how many dollars worth bitcoins were demanded remains unknown.
“They get into your machine (computer) and they encrypt all your files, and then they say, ‘Give us a bunch of bitcoin and we’ll give you the encryption code to un-encrypt your files.' So, it’s a ransom. It’s a bitcoin thing. Then, they’ll tell you how to convert your credit card to bitcoin,” said Roche about the ransomware infection.
What was the response?
“The City Hall’s computer system appears to be functioning normally at this time, but will be monitored closely to ensure its data is protected,” Police Chief Thomas Wetzel said, Cleveland reported.