TRUCKERS REPORT- Colorado Department of Transportation has confirmed reports that more than 2,000 employee computers have been taken offline after hackers gained access to CDOT’s system and encrypted their files, demanding ransom to be paid in Bitcoin to get them unlocked again.
On Wednesday morning, CDOT employees went back to working with pen and paper – at least for now. All computers have been shut down while security officials from the state’s Office of Information Technology and the FBI investigate the attack.
According to Brandi Simmons, a spokesperson for the OIT, the code used is a variant of the ransomware known as SamSam which was used on multiple targets recently, including the Hancock Regional Hospital which reportedly paid $45,000 to have its files unlocked. MORE