Town of Collierville falls victim to ransomware attack

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Updated: Jul. 18, 2019 at 10:39 AM CDT
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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - The town of Collierville was hit by a cyber-security attack Thursday.

Collierville officials say access to their files has been blocked by the Ryuk ransomware virus, but there does not appear to be a data breach.

Officials say all impacted servers are isolated and shut down. Information technology staff are working to rebuild the servers.

Town employees are working but have limited functionality, which could impact public services like permits, public records requests and business services.

According to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, ransomware is typically spread through phishing emails or from someone unknowingly visiting an infected website.

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