St. Anthony to upgrade city cybersecurity after hacking attempt | Local News

The City of St. Anthony will be upgrading its email and computer system threat protection after an unsuccessful hacking attempt that occurred last month.

“They were knocking at our door,” said City Clerk Patty Parkinson. “They were there trying to get in.”

During the city council meeting on April 22, Parkinson announced to the council that she got a call from the FBIa informing her that hackers were trying to gain access to the city’s online system.

“At first when I got the call I was like ‘yeah right, whoever you are —Mr. FBI’,” Parkinson said. “Here we are in little St. Anthony, Idaho but the thing that’s happening is they’re getting people. That’s how they make their money and they’re busy.”

Ransomware is a type of malicious software or malware, used by hackers, that prevents an individual, agency or business from accessing computer files, systems or networks, according to the FBI. Hackers then demand a ransom for the return of access.

In 2019, the city of Riviera Beach, Florida, paid nearly $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took control of the city’s computer system.

The city has had hackers attack its website before. Parkinson said she once got a call from an anonymous hacker that wanted a ransom payment to give back control to the city’s website in 2016. She did not give in to the ransom and told the hackers the city would handle its business physically, informing them that they could have the website.

Little did the hackers know they had taken control of the website for St. Anthony, Idaho when they were trying to take over the website for St. Anthony, Minnesota, she said.

“I finally drove down to them that we weren’t St. Anthony, Minnesota. The next day everything was fine, up and running. Didn’t cost us a dollar,” Parkinson said.

The hackers were angry at a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer who shot a black man at a traffic stop and wanted to retaliate against the city and its police department by taking control of the city’s website, Parkinson said. The officer was charged with second-degree manslaughter but was found to be not guilty.

“After that, I walked into…


Bentonville City Council approves fingerprinting computers

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BENTONVILLE — The City Council approved buying two fingerprinting computers for the Police Department on Tuesday night.

The council voted 8-0 to approve a bid waiver for the $23,448 purchase.

The equipment will come from Idemia Identity and Security USA. One device will be for the detention/booking area to transmit mandated arrestee prints to the Arkansas State Police’s automated fingerprint identification system for criminal history tracking, and the other will provide fingerprinting services to the public for various state licensing requirements, background checks, adoptions and conceal carry licenses, according to city documents.

The devices used by the department need updates and are no longer supported by the previous provider, according to city documents. That equipment was purchased in 2013, Police Chief Jon Simpson said.

The new devices should be delivered and set up in four to six weeks, Simpson said. Part of the purchase includes training on how to use the equipment, Simpson said.

Department staff fingerprint anyone arrested in connection with Class A misdemeanors and all felony offenses, Simpson said.

Covid concerns have limited the department to offering the public fingerprinting service to one day a week and only for higher-level needs, Simpson said.

The device that will serve the public should make the service quicker and more efficient for officers and those who require fingerprinting services. The device in the detention area will ensure fingerprints are properly submitted for all people who are arrested, Simpson said.

The council also unanimously approved the city’s bike and pedestrian plan.

Connecting Bentonville identifies strategies to increase safety and connectivity for people who bicycle and walk in Bentonville, according to plan documents.

Connecting Bentonville will serve as a resource and guiding document for implementation of bicycle and pedestrian projects to advance the plan’s vision. The plan was approved by the Planning Commission at its last meeting.

An ordinance to extend the placement of tables, chairs and other items on city public on-street parking spaces adjacent to downtown business establishments from April 30 to Aug. 31 also was…


Grove City woman loses $4300 to computer anti-virus scam – WFMJ

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Park Hill School District cancels school due to malware attack | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Park Hill School District has canceled all classes for the day after a malware attack compromised needed computer systems.

The school district sent an email to families early this morning with the news that both online and in-person classes would not be held. Other than administration and custodians, no one should go to school.

Kids already waiting at the bus stop would be picked up and kept safe and warm until parents could be notified, the district said in a phone call to families.

Watch FOX4 News at 8 and 9 a.m. to find out more information. School officials said they will provide an update later this evening.

It’s unclear how this may affect other school-related activities, like sports and clubs. FOX4 is Working For You to figure out more information.

Here’s the full email:

Dear Park Hill family,

We apologize for the late notice, but we must cancel school in Park Hill today for both in-person and online students and teachers.

We experienced an attack on our computer systems, known as a malware attack. Our technology team worked through the entire night, but we have just learned that we do not have the needed systems in place to have school.

Our schools and offices will be closed. Administrators and custodians should report to work, but everyone else should stay home.

Park Hill School District

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