Huber Heights ransomware attack update | #ransomware | #cybercrime

Seth Byrd and Alex Pearson

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — New information is starting to put the Huber Heights ransomware attack that occurred on Nov. 12 into perspective.

Huber Heights City Manager Rick Dzik says the city has learned that more than 5,700 people had their information revealed in the attack. Dzik said the attack could’ve been much worse.

“I don’t love hearing any data compromised, but I think we suspected it was likely. And the number, you know, 5,700 or some isn’t great, but it’s at least it’s not 44,000,” said Dzik.

The data mining company tasked with finding what data was compromised reported more than 2,000 of those identified will have to use some kind of credit monitoring system.

The city’s insurance company will provide notice to those affected sometime soon with details on how the monitoring system will work. The insurance company will provide up to one year’s worth of credit monitoring to those affected.

The attack was first detected on Nov. 12 by the Huber Heights Dispatch Center. Multiple city operations were affected, including zoning, engineering, tax, finance, utilities, human resources, and economic development. Within a week, online payments for utilities were restored.

Huber Heights has allocated over $800,000 for the prevention and recovery from the attacks.

Dzik says in the next phase of recovery, the city will be working to improve infrastructure. The city is currently working to hire a new IT Department Director who will be tasked with creating a plan to help prevent future attacks.

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