Malware Disrupts Business Operations at Michigan Public Utility
While water and power services were not impacted by the infection, administrative computers were shutdown to prevent the spread of the malware.The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL), a public utility serving Lansing, Mich., is currently cleaning up its administrative systems after an undisclosed number of computers were infected with ransomware. While the attack, first detected on April 25, continues to impact BWL's administrative services, the non-profit municipal utility stressed that the cyber incident "should have no impact on the delivery of [customers'] water and electricity," the utility said in a statement posted to Twitter on May 2. Credit-card data appears not to have been put at risk by the compromise. "We continue to work to restore our corporate email and other systems," the non-profit public utility said in a statement posted to Twitter on April 27. "Because this cyber-attack is an ongoing criminal investigation, the BWL has been advised by all law enforcement agencies to not disclose any additional details that would compromise the ongoing investigation and our ability to restore full functionality to our systems." Reports of hospitals, utilities and other providers of critical services are on the rise, with cyber-criminals aiming to extort money from these organizations.
In February, a ransomware attack shut down medical record systems at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, which reportedly resulted in service delays and postponed procedures at the health care facility. The hospital paid $17,000 to the criminals to obtain an encryption key to decrypt the data on its computers, according to administrators.