Colorado Agency Targeted in Massive Ransomware Scheme

No income was paid and no information was mislaid during a ransomware cyberattack that exploited a cloud-based disadvantage in a Colorado Department of Transportation’s mechanism network final spring, officials said.

CDOT was one of several supervision agencies opposite a nation targeted by dual Iranian mechanism hackers in a unconditional coercion scheme, according to a grand jury complaint filed in New Jersey sovereign justice on Wednesday.

Cities and businesses also were targeted by a dual men, who are not believed to be connected to a Iranian supervision though are believed to be in Iran, a U.S. Justice Department said. The hackers extorted about $6 million and caused victims to remove some-more than $30 million, prosecutors said.

Colorado paid no release during a Feb CDOT attack, though work to enclose and exterminate a ransomware, famous as SamSam, cost during slightest $1.5 million, pronounced Brandi Simmons, a mouthpiece for a Colorado governor’s Office of Information Technology. The state also invested in new confidence controls after a attack, she said.

The hackers exploited a cloud-based server but customary firewalls used by a state to entrance a CDOT system, Simmons said.