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City officials in the sleepy West Texas border town of Del Rio arrived to work on January 10th to an ominous situation - their computers didn't work.
At first, it appeared that the internet wasn't functioning, but the city's IT department soon confirmed that their entire system had been encrypted, and hackers were asking for a ransom to unlock it.
Though hard numbers are hard to come by, ransomware, as it's known, appeared to enjoy a banner year in 2018, with cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina locked out of their data systems for weeks. "People who aren't computer savvy don't realize how big of a deal it is," Mayor Bruno "Ralphy" Lozano told VICE News.
As of writing, the city of Del Rio is still locked out of its servers, though Lozano tells us that the town's insurance successfully negotiated with the hackers to get their data back. Officials wouldn't say how much ransom was paid, but the town's IT department is keeping the city offline as a preventative measure until they determine if they should rebuild the system from the ground up.
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VICE News
VICE News 14 дней назад
"People who aren't computer savvy don't realize how big of a deal it is," Mayor Bruno "Ralphy" Lozano told VICE News. WATCH NEXT: How Israel Rules The World Of Cybersecurity - bit.ly/2GO8eGo
CAGonRiv
CAGonRiv 6 дней назад
+Andrew Stewart it's a damn good article. You should look into how Cuban's are now the world's most effective Intel brokers
Andrew Stewart
Andrew Stewart 6 дней назад
*How Israel rules the world* /br ...of cyber security
CAGonRiv
CAGonRiv 8 дней назад
+TheShadowofDormin you clearly don't have a background in CompSci. What happened here has been around for more than 20 years...bro, you have NO idea what lingers in the dark.
TheShadowofDormin
TheShadowofDormin 13 дней назад
THIS IS POSSIBLE!?!? WTF......We should make sure not to get rid of our old systems
Jeffrey Nunes
Jeffrey Nunes 14 дней назад
Im sorry but s.e.a. has Israel beat.
M. Savage
M. Savage 19 часов назад
"Is it the Russians?" lmao. A little too much Fox news going on there.
Sir. Smoke a lot
Sir. Smoke a lot 21 час назад
I live in the town an I can fully 100% admit that this is fake an the mayor knows about all along
Eric Murray
Eric Murray День назад
Backups on-site and off-site would have saved the day here.....
Christopher Rodriguez
Christopher Rodriguez День назад
dam shortie in the ram shirt jaja
Tyler Lowther
Tyler Lowther День назад
Guy all thinks it was a random attack lol Who voted for this dude?
司此雷
司此雷 2 дня назад
Damn the comments are full of nut jokes. But a hacker can't simply hack in to a system, so I presume he/she send a fake email with malicious software-virus(Ransom ware) to one of the employees of the city government and he/she opened it, hence infected one computer, then later the entire system. A backdoor as a matter in fact.
Richard Phillips
Richard Phillips 3 дня назад
Russians lol
Jeffrey
Jeffrey 3 дня назад
Plot twist: Its the mayor who hacked the city.
xele fonte
xele fonte 4 дня назад
Sounds like an inside job by a disgruntled employee working for the city of Del Rio.
Tec 2000
Tec 2000 4 дня назад
The city is a joke
Jacckeyy
Jacckeyy 4 дня назад
All I see is incompetent people being in charge of the highly sensitive data. This is a sad case of mismanagement and ignorance of the Mayor's office.
Kris B
Kris B 4 дня назад
So who opened the paycheck.doc email? lol
Luke H
Luke H 4 дня назад
Always blame the Russians.
Mason Mozitis
Mason Mozitis 5 дней назад
sounds like a ddos attack and if it is, all they need is ddos filters, there like $600,000 a unit tho for that massive of a scale
n nn
n nn 5 дней назад
1:24 this rainbow taco has no idea what hes talking about.
Jiblert CP
Jiblert CP 6 дней назад
1:52 I have that same heart decoration piece that's on the front of the counter. :P
Kenneth Huang
Kenneth Huang 7 дней назад
Well the response to the problem was pretty good, I’ll give them that
Nicholas Maietta
Nicholas Maietta 7 дней назад
I'm an I.T. Specialist, network security specialist as well as a network intrusion detection specialist. There is absolutely no fucking reason they couldn't get things back in operating within a day or two.
Jeremy Bulger
Jeremy Bulger 7 дней назад
Thought you weren’t suppose to negotiate with these types of people
JH
JH 8 дней назад
As the President I would hunt these groups like ISIS, drones would fly in to whatever city they were in and blow them up.
DataStorm
DataStorm 8 дней назад
Mayor needs to get that Mexican flag out of his office. Might want to check the cartels and consult someone who can simply monitor and control network traffic and install honey pots in your system for hackers to "find". Another case of gross negligence and total incompetence from government officals.
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Gay mayor.. that's a milestone
BBC600
BBC600 8 дней назад
Although Ms. Vela complains about using the typewriter (which probably was inconvenient for her especially since she mentioned having the letters pretyped on the computer) she should be thankful she has that available to her. We as a society rely too heavily on the Internet and computers! Paper is tried and tested. Everyone should watch this video as it shows why I prefer to use paper when possible.
Damianz
Damianz 8 дней назад
Build that fire wall, build that fire wall
Black Water Revival
Black Water Revival 8 дней назад
“Random”
The infamous Pj
The infamous Pj 8 дней назад
Hearing the mayor talk I’m not surprised someone was able to do this hes literally talking out of his ass .
Spencer T
Spencer T 8 дней назад
My God that mayor lol
jimcola99 Buchanan
jimcola99 Buchanan 8 дней назад
Questions I want answered. Did they pay? How much did they pay?
Kille78
Kille78 8 дней назад
This is the kind of place where everyone just rolls their eyes at IT when they explain how vulnerable they are and then they're the ones that get blamed when it happens
Kille78
Kille78 8 дней назад
How in the hell did that guy get elected?! He's completely clueless in the most basic things. Not to mention that lady using a typewriter. Just because you dont have internet does not mean you cant use the damn computer holy shit these people are all complete morons.
Butt Cheese
Butt Cheese 8 дней назад
Oh TexAss
Shelly Bee
Shelly Bee 8 дней назад
There are people I love in Del Rio, Texas 😢
Real Ganstas
Real Ganstas 8 дней назад
So don’t live there then
Mitch Burke
Mitch Burke 8 дней назад
Mayor cocklips says so.
Jfree55
Jfree55 9 дней назад
Sounds like a warm up to see how things might look in a power grid attack. I'm just saying be prepared for a digital war that will facelessly cost alot Americans there lives and not make the attacker obvious at first. Don't just sweep under the rug it's not a Russian issue it's whoever wants to team up against the worlds Superspower try to break the system to gain more power..
MODGNAR
MODGNAR 9 дней назад
The real problem is GOVERNMENT RAN INSTALLATIONS SHOULD HAVE CURRENT TECH AND NOT 20 YEAR OLD PAYMENT SYSTEMS. U P G R A D E Y O U R S H I T YOU CANNOT INVEST IN TECHNOLOGY, YOU MUST UPDATE ONCE YOURS IS OBSOLETE. YOU CANNOT BANK ON OLD TECH INVESTMENTS, IT CHANGES TOO FAST, OLD PEOPLE DO NOT GRASP THIS. WHY DO PEOPLE STILL USE CHECKS? WE ARE IN THE FUCKING FUTURE! IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE THE INTERNET, SORRY, GET LEFT BEHIND. IT'S NOBODY'S RESPONSIBILITY BUT YOUR OWN TO STAY CURRENT. I BET THE PAYMENT SYSTEM WAS RAN FROM HOMEBREW SOFTWARE CODED IN EARLY 2000'S ON INTERNET FUCKING EXPLORER. HAH!
Denzel Heden
Denzel Heden 9 дней назад
is Donald Trump who told the Russians to hack this City lol
MissFoxification
MissFoxification 9 дней назад
That IT department needs to be fired immediately, that was entirely preventable. Even if a staff member opened and executed malware it should have been limited to that particular vlan or machine and backups should have been restored quickly. There's standard operating procedures for a reason, practices that when followed render the damage extremely limited.
gameplayer502
gameplayer502 9 дней назад
The town was hacked because the mayor was gay and they knew the gay boi wouldnt know what to do except pay,which he did 😂😂
gameplayer502
gameplayer502 9 дней назад
0:47 why is a government employee speaking spanish? Wtf fire her
gameplayer502
gameplayer502 9 дней назад
Im surprised a gay guy is a mayor in a texas town
Nick Frechette
Nick Frechette 9 дней назад
YO LINDA!
Xx-Velocity-xX 2095
Xx-Velocity-xX 2095 9 дней назад
Must be really boring not to be play fortnite
loki katzbalger
loki katzbalger 9 дней назад
Bwahahahahaha I love this!
SaltCanDan
SaltCanDan 9 дней назад
They probably lost more money than if they were to have just paid the ransom.
cvc
cvc 9 дней назад
In short.... Ransomware is an easy way to rob municipalities. awesome.
Avaixus
Avaixus 9 дней назад
Is that mayor gay?
Rylan Sparks
Rylan Sparks 8 дней назад
Why does that matter in the slightest?
Pim
Pim 9 дней назад
paper... you can also have a backup system.... but ya'll just being lazy
NoInfo07
NoInfo07 9 дней назад
I’m a cyber security major and I about pissed when he said “an anonymous code that entered a server” lmfao
Penguins Jehns
Penguins Jehns 9 дней назад
How the hell did he become the mayor 🤨🤨🤨
Johnny B
Johnny B 9 дней назад
What a gay story
Cruise Addiction TV
Cruise Addiction TV 10 дней назад
They should have physical files stored somewhere incase this happens again and other cities can still get things done using pen and paper.
Ryan Marshall
Ryan Marshall 10 дней назад
They didn't backup their records?? That is insane... These people shouldn't be in control of people's data...
MMSGEE
MMSGEE 10 дней назад
It actually likely was the Russians they have whole companies who all they do is cyber attacks and exploitation. Ransomware hold important government and institutions document for millions in ransom, and people pay it or risk it all being deleted. I think this story did a poor job showing the severity and widespread nature of this issue. Shutting down basic infrastructure through cyber attacks is the future of war
Hycarl Hanif
Hycarl Hanif 10 дней назад
The mayor looks like that dude from buzz feed
Splatsquatch
Splatsquatch 10 дней назад
2:40 why doesnt she use a damn laptop
John Brown
John Brown 10 дней назад
If Hackers were real they would make a positive difference on the planet and make me Worlds First Earth President!!
Martin
Martin 10 дней назад
I am gonna go out on a limb here and suspect the person who clicked on the link to "Collect your lottery prize here" at the city hall, is still waiting on the prize check!
Simone Eli
Simone Eli 10 дней назад
Russians,chinese probably some fat loner in his parents basement in america
Irish Rebel
Irish Rebel 10 дней назад
He did it
Isaac Park
Isaac Park 10 дней назад
Some people just love to cause pain and inconvenience to others. Sad sad
Jose Mendoza
Jose Mendoza 10 дней назад
Bae at 3:27
theburners32141
theburners32141 10 дней назад
Why is there a Mexican flag in the mayors office? I understand this is in TX but last I checked TX was in the US.
theburners32141
theburners32141 10 дней назад
Jose Mendoza just looked at the map and Del Río is in TX. Across the border is MX and no part of Del Río is in MX. I live in California and last I checked San Diego is in CA and not in MX. Coexisting has nothing to do with recognizing what country you belong to or where your allegiance lays. It’s a public building built by tax payers that live and work in the US.
Jose Mendoza
Jose Mendoza 10 дней назад
Lol look at a map of Del Rio. Both countries coexist and there is nothing wrong with it.
saruman thewhite
saruman thewhite 10 дней назад
what happened to not negotiating with terrorists. And the city doesn't Backup :0
TechLiberator
TechLiberator 10 дней назад
The mayor is absolutely clueless. The attack was obviously targeted. Ransomware is not random.
BacklTrack
BacklTrack 7 дней назад
It can be.
j s
j s 10 дней назад
Queer in Texas 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
Simone Eli
Simone Eli 10 дней назад
Steers to
fernando tario
fernando tario 10 дней назад
Shoot they payed him I wish I knew how to hack
Paul Knight
Paul Knight 10 дней назад
A gay mayor in Texas seems like a great feat than hacking a town.
Brandon D
Brandon D 10 дней назад
Wow the mayor sounds like an idiot. He talks like a valley girl. I wouldn't trust him with anything.
Rahim Laban
Rahim Laban 10 дней назад
Password is potatoe666
RoboBlox TM
RoboBlox TM 10 дней назад
Is it, “THE RUSSIANS”?
Nova
Nova 10 дней назад
This is what happens when you let liberals run a town.
Carlos Gonzales
Carlos Gonzales 10 дней назад
2:54 Sussie stop hoarding all the stapples for the love of god i need to fishin my work
Alex Bone
Alex Bone 10 дней назад
It’s always those damn Russians. Or maybe the Chinese. Could’ve been the Iranians. Or ourselves. Damn those Americans, they ruined America!
0202 pmurT
0202 pmurT 11 дней назад
Hold the wall, keep the cheating immigrants out.
Sam L
Sam L 11 дней назад
These people don’t realize how lucky they are to be disconnected from the internet. Inconvenient sure but I’d love to see a mental health study on this town and the impact of internet on human relations
Abid Khan
Abid Khan 11 дней назад
This is why you need to pay your IT people a livable wage.
Muthu Dissanayake
Muthu Dissanayake 11 дней назад
Typewriter??? Put that file on a damn USB and plug it in a printer....
Sub Space1661
Sub Space1661 11 дней назад
Looking at how Biasist leftist media is very fun.
Иван Иванов
Иван Иванов 11 дней назад
And where is FBI?
Franz Dunkley
Franz Dunkley 11 дней назад
The most dangerous hackers are the ones that access the infrastructures and just watch and gather information for years.
Mikhail Angel
Mikhail Angel 11 дней назад
Being a small town equates to small allocated funds for IT security, thus having an exploit unknown until a hacker held you ransomware.
Reed Delgado
Reed Delgado 11 дней назад
You wouldn't have to rebuild an infrastructure that is properly maintained and invested in. This is what happens when IT/cyber security is looked at as an expense rather than a necessity.
BIBIN BIJU
BIBIN BIJU 11 дней назад
It's probablly Lestener from GTA V
Work Shop
Work Shop 11 дней назад
this is just dumb...
Work Shop
Work Shop 11 дней назад
and very very fake drama... vice news is such shit
Chase Forestello
Chase Forestello 11 дней назад
Lol they can literally just use their phones, send the documents to printers. If that's not sufficient enough then format the damn thing and reinstall, you're telling me they don't have backups?!?!?
Roger Stefan
Roger Stefan 11 дней назад
Don't they all have smartphones lol? Use that shit on hotspot
Pirate Smurf
Pirate Smurf 11 дней назад
could be a Test for a complete Showdown
ei kukaan
ei kukaan 11 дней назад
A hacker that goes by the name of 4chan.
JetzSwag
JetzSwag 11 дней назад
Why is there a Mexican flag in the mayor's office?
Media Man
Media Man 11 дней назад
Why the hell do they have a mexican flag?
BigJG 504
BigJG 504 11 дней назад
cant take this mayor serious
Arghs
Arghs 12 дней назад
I bet they haven't learned from their mistakes and will continue to not take advantage of backup server.
Jamie Curling
Jamie Curling 12 дней назад
Small town Gay mayor that's odd but cool
Dr Barnes
Dr Barnes 12 дней назад
“The Russians”!??? ...... Come now cut the shit, everything is Russian related!
Robert Foster
Robert Foster 12 дней назад
It funny how he said they basically paid to get the ransomware off the there network. What methods are they taken to ensure the attacker doesn't come back an threaten to release any personal information data the may have contained from the data breach. It also strange how government official tells us to keep our system secured what the point of us keeping our data secured if government official can not even keep our personal information safe.
Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt 12 дней назад
What an adorable little mayor.
Blue Square
Blue Square 12 дней назад
Why weren't there any technical details in this story?
Al Berz
Al Berz 12 дней назад
it's almost like if you see comments defending Russians under any video, after some time the evidence will show that Russians are actually the ones to blame for whatever shit they've done, I mean we get it they've always been envious of the west and are trying their best to cause some damage, but in reality they're like an angry chihuahua trying to get some attention after shitting on a carpet
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