City of Stuart computer virus a ransomware attack
Stuart, Fl- (treasurecoast.com)- More information on the virus that has infected the City of Stuart’s servers. Yesterday, officials confirmed that the computer virus is the result of a ransomware attack. The virus was detected on Saturday. It has frozen the city’s servers, keeping several services like email offline. Emergency services like 911 are unaffected, and city manager David Dyess said credit card information is never stored on city servers, so residents who pay their bills online are not at risk. Dyess also confirmed that the ransomware was asking for money in the form of Bitcoin, but said the rumors online that the ransom was $350-thousand are not correct. He also added that the city will not pay the ransom. The virus is believed to be the Ryuk virus, which has hit other government agencies around the country. The FBI is investigating.