The town of Frederick is working to investigate allegations by a group related to ransomware attacks that it accessed the town’s computer network.
Town officials took immediate steps to secure the network and notified law enforcement, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a news release released Tuesday night. The town is working with nationally recognized digital forensics and incident response experts to investigate, including whether the network was breached and what personal information, if any, may have been affected.
The town said it would quickly notify affected people if officials became aware of any personal information affected by the incident, providing those affected with specific steps to protect their personal data.
City officials became aware of the allegations on July 14, but the systems showed no evidence of ransomware or data encryption.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 3,729 ransomware reports in 2021, with an estimated loss of more than $ 49.2 million. Targets include municipalities and government facilities. There were also 979 reports of computer hacking in 2021, causing losses of more than $ 19.6 million.
Those with questions about the incident can contact Frederick police Sgt. Bob Bedsaul at firstname.lastname@example.org.