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The ransomware attack on Feb. 22 that triggered a state of emergency in Oakley on Feb. 23 is under investigation, City Manager Josh McMurray says.

“The City learned of the cybersecurity threat on February 22nd,” Assistant City Manager Danielle Navarro said via email. “Our IT Division immediately took action and engaged with law enforcement and cybersecurity and technology experts to begin addressing the issue. The next day, the City Manager declared the state of emergency and partially activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to allow the City to expedite the procurement of equipment, materials, and services related to the incident.”

The activation of the Emergency Operations Center means that all city employees were given official notice that they are on standby for reporting to work at any time when needed during the declared emergency, Navarro said. The last time the city activated it was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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