Mayor Stan Wirth says cyber security experts were brought in who believe the city was picked at random.
“It was just luck of the draw that we came up on the hackers’ screen,” Wirth says. “I don’t even think they know that it was a city or a municipality that they hacked.”
City phone systems and computer systems were disabled last Monday, and while phones were back online by late Tuesday afternoon, the city was still dealing with computer issues several days later.
Wirth says cyber-security experts from the Nebraska National Guard are working with the city to secure the servers that were hit.
“They’re trying to make sure all the other files weren’t compromised,” Wirth says. “The hackers cannot touch us anymore because of safeguards that have been put into place. We’re analyzing what is there and what has been lost.”
The mayor says a cyber security specialist is working with the city to prevent future hacks.
“My hope is that our system is reviewed, analyzed and make sure that we have all the right safeguards and firewalls in place so this doesn’t happen again,” he says.
Wirth says some missing files involve the city attorney’s office. Some can be recreated, but others may be gone. He could not estimate the cost of the new security measures.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice