The City of Racine’s city website, email system, and online payment system were all knocked offline by ransomware early Friday morning. While the city’s Management Information Systems department worked Friday to determine the extent of the infection and began to follow protocols to restore its systems, they were still offline Monday morning. There has been no information released regarding a ransom. City officials stated that they will restore data from backups, using cyber insurance to cover the costs of restoring systems and that they would not pay any ransom.
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