Cyber Experts Working With City of Beatrice, on Aftermath of Computer Hack

BEATRICE – Working with cyber security experts, the City of Beatrice is hoping to ward off another computer hacking that disabled city computers and phone systems, this week.

Mayor Stan Wirth said on KWBE, Thursday, that the city was likely a randomly picked target.   City phone systems and computer systems were disabled early Monday morning.   Phone service was back to normal by late Tuesday afternoon, but Wirth says the city was still dealing with computer issues late in the week.

:11                  “that they hacked”

Wirth says cyber-security experts from the Nebraska National Guard are working with the city on the computer system issues, including which server was affected by the breach.

:17                  “been lost”

The mayor says a cyber security specialist is working with the city on safeguards and other steps, to prevent a future hack.

:32                  “it can be expensive”

Wirth says some files that have been missing involve the city attorney’s office…some which can be recreated, but others that may be lost. The mayor says the city is hoping to restore full function to city computer systems before the end of this week.

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