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Lake City Employee Fired Following Ransom Payment
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tdsan
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7/2/2019 | 12:50:31 PM
Firing the person that has history, not sure if this was a good move
One thing about hacks and attempts, they often come from the inside. This person that they let go now has motive to get back at the organization as long with the Ransomware control/command group. It is going to be interesting how this works out.

One question I have, will they be fined by GDPR and will this be reported. The last few days I have read about Ransomware attacks and organizations being attacked. There was a report submitted by DarkReading that state the report for 2019 took a deep drop in Ransomeware findings. I think the report has not been completed and thus the low number is indicative of lack of information, only time will tell what happens to this endeavor and will the US start pushing those sanctions and penalities like other countries are doing (Facebook, Google and Microsoft).

Other situations where individuals should be fired from the Ransomware attacks are as follows:
  • https://digitalguardian.com/blog/history-ransomware-attacks-biggest-and-worst-ransomware-attacks-all-time
  • https://www.wired.com/story/atlanta-spent-26m-recover-from-ransomware-scare/ (Atlanta Attack)
  • https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/06/12/baltimore-ransomware-attack-inches-closer-to-normal/
  • https://gizmodo.com/florida-city-fires-it-employee-after-paying-460-000-in-1836031022

Only time will tell.

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paul.mcaninch@btlaw.com
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7/2/2019 | 3:44:38 PM
Good Luck
Lake City mayor Stephen Witt says city manager Joe Helfenberg made the decision to terminate an employee. Helfenberg is revamping its entire IT department to overcome the incident and set up a system to ensure it doesn't happen again. 

 

I wish him a lot of luck.  If he really can "set up a system to ensure it doesn't happen again." he's going to be a rich man.
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iani540,
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7/2/2019 | 8:18:38 PM
Unintelligible grammar
What does "advised a more cost-approach to retrieve the key." mean? Did you mean "cost-effective approach"?  If so, what exactly did that involve? A combination of bad proof-reading and lack of information leave us with no information about who was fired, and what for.
bwilkes8@gmail.com
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7/3/2019 | 9:41:16 AM
RE: Lake City Employee Fired Following Ransom Payment
1. Firing the Director is an interesting call.  The Director possesses the institutional knowledge necessary to facilitate a restructuring.

2. The Mayor is going to be rich once he incorporate the layers of security necessary for this to never happen again.

3. It's interesting that recovery from backup would cost more than paying the ransom.  Hopefully they're relooking their backup solution and periodical test procedures as well.
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7/3/2019 | 9:45:56 AM
RE: Lake City Employee Fired Following Ransom Payment
EVER notice that in every single one of the ransomware events posted on this page, NO ONE EVER use a backup and restore option.  REBUILD EVERYTHING is a waste of effort.  I suspect, though, that NOBODY HAS A BACKUP AND RESTORE PLAN in the first place. 
bwilkes8@gmail.com
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7/3/2019 | 10:04:31 AM
RE: Lake City Employee Fired Following Ransom Payment
Having previously worked at a company where we were hit with ransonware, before I was tasked with backups, I can say you do have a vaild point.
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7/3/2019 | 10:32:57 AM
RE: Lake City Employee Fired Following Ransom Payment
THANKS - i know from experience.  In 2014 before moving to Georgia, I supported small and local businesses and other entities.  One 501C3 museum was hit by Cryptolocker in January - just like that, server gone and all data encrypted.  I had a dedicated system for each client with tested backup and restore protocols so I picked the Dell computer up - put it into car and drove to my client.  System had SAME NAME as server so all data instantly available when I turned server down.  Only active directory was not available of course.

I then restored data to the server offline, and in 3 hours had 98% restoration of data - only one computer lost the desktop.  NOT BAD indeed. 
bwilkes8@gmail.com
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7/3/2019 | 10:53:00 AM
RE: Lake City Employee Fired Following Ransom Payment
Sweet!!!!
tdsan
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7/5/2019 | 8:56:58 PM
RE: Lake City Employee Fired Following Ransom Payment
Nice, would you consider putting the server (Web, DB) in the cloud and replicate the server ever so many hours, this could be an option when performing the recovery task. Just a thought.

VMware DR Design Scheme
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7/8/2019 | 3:08:11 PM
RE: Lake City Employee Fired Following Ransom Payment
AND a very good thought - a wide range of alternative technical guidelines of course - the main thing is that a backup and restore scenario DOES WORK if well thought out and tested well in advance.  At 2am, when restoring a server, one is not THINKING right so testing allows familiarity and documentation to be compiled.  And FAR better than paying ransom.
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