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Colorado city pays $45,000 ransom after cyber-attack



BOULDER, Colo. — Lafayette, Colorado, officials say the city’s computer systems were hacked and they were forced to pay a ransom to regain access. Lafayette officials said hackers disabled the city’s network services and blocked its access until the city paid a $45,000 fee. The Daily Camera reports the attack caused city emails, phones and online payment systems to temporarily shut down. The city’s systems are still in the process of being cleaned and rebuilt. In the meantime, the city is using temporary phone numbers and emails. A preliminary investigation shows the ransomware entered the city’s network through a phishing scam or by guessing passwords.

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