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How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s

  • 2 mths ago

Emergency dispatchers taking down 911 calls by hand, unable to use their geolocation technology for callers. Police officers radioing in crime scene details, rather than emailing reports to headquarters. Office workers resorting to fax machines.

For weeks this fall, the government of Suffolk County was plunged back into the 1990s after a malicious ransomware attack forced it largely offline. A frantic push to counter the threat hobbled the county, as officials disabled email for all 10,000 civil service workers and scrubbed infected hardware, seeking to stem fallout from compromised computer systems.

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