In the spring of this year, Mount Desert and Limestone, Maine were hit with ransomware attacks. Both were targeted by hackers hoping to access data from sewage treatment plants located in the communities.
Limestone Water and Sewer District was hit on the fourth of July, causing computer shutdowns and alarm interruptions that are set in place to alert workers of overheating or overfilled tanks. Luckily for them, the hackers were unable to cause real harm to their system operations, and as soon as they replaced the encrypted computers with new ones, the hackers lost all access. But, as we know from past attacks including the Colonial Pipeline attack, not every business is so lucky. Mount Desert Town Manager, Durlin Lunt Jr commented on the attack on his community, “It’s like an arms race between the good guys and the bad guys. Fortunately, in this case, they didn’t get anything.”
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Information from this article originally appeared on AssociatedPressNews.com.