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Date: January 17, 2018
Farmington, NM: The City of Farmington continues to work with the FBI and other outside services to investigate the cause and originating location of the ransom ware that encrypted many business operations computers on January 3, 2018. Information Technology (IT) personnel have been able to confirm that the City was attacked by a variance of the SAMSAM ransom ware.
The City apologizes for the temporary inconvenience our customers may have experienced during this time. Nearly all business systems related to customer service operations have been restored.
While the FBI has confirmed that attacks like this are happening all over the world on a daily basis, the City would like to emphasize:
The City of Farmington invests significant resources in the latest technology in virus defense, including specific ransom ware software and multiple levels of virus protection. The City has enlisted additional outside resources to review security protocols and make recommendations regarding any improvements that may be implemented.