Connecticut State Police

Colchester Town Computers Infected with Ransomware

Colchester is the latest Connecticut town to fall victim to hackers, according to the town's first selectman.

Colchester First Selectman Art Shilosky confirmed that computers on the town networks are infected with ransomware. He would not say how many departments are affected or when the issue was discovered, but said that Connecticut State Police and their insurance carriers are investigating.

Colchester is far from the first town to suffer a cyberattack. Back in October, the City of West Haven paid $2,000 in digital currency to unlock its servers.

A local tech expert said money is the main motive behind attacks like these

"They're not taking the files. They're basically leaving the files where they are. They're encrypting those files, making them inaccessible until the ransom is paid,” explained Lon Seidman.

Last year, a dozen state agencies were hit by ransomware attacks, but no sensitive data was compromised.

Seidman said the best defense against a ransom attack is a good backup system.

He also said it’s important to train employees on how to spot suspicious emails, because that’s usually how malware gets into a system.

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