Resolve to come in cyber attack

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In the midst of a global pandemic, Richmond City Manager Rob Minerich and forensics specialists hope to have a resolution this week to an unauthorized, third-party data breach which occurred on the city's server system over a week ago.

“We are in the process of decrypting some files that were on our shared server,” Minerich told The Register. “...Once it hit, we dug into it.”

Richmond officials believe at this time the primary impact of the incident has been disruption of access to a shared file storage server.

As of now, there is no evidence that any information has been misused as a result of this incident, and a release states the city is in an exhaustive process of conducting forensic investigations to try and understand what took place and what information may have been impacted.

“It did not get to our payroll, finance or our human resources information,” the city manager assured.

Minerich reported another city in the commonwealth had fallen victim to a similar scenario in previous months but that he did not expect anything like this to occur.

“You just don’t think it will happen to you,” he said.

City officials became aware of the unauthorized intrusion into the IT systems on the evening of May 7, which resulted in the disruption of access to some computer equipment.

According to the release, immediately after becoming aware of the attack, city administration took action to investigate and attempt to aid the problem.

Since then, outside IT security and forensics experts are conducting a detailed systemwide review to help restore the affected equipment as well as coordinating with law enforcement, the Kentucky League of Cities and the city's insurance providers.

Officials were unable to answer additional questions as the investigation is on-going.

Minerich says he hopes to have a complete resolve by the end of this week, or early next week.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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