back to article New York county still dealing with ransomware eight months after attack

The fallout from an eight-month-old cyber attack on a county in Long Island, New York has devolved into mud-slinging as leaders try to figure out just what is going on. Suffolk County was hit with a ransomware attack in early September 2022, which led county executive Steve Bellone to issue nine separate emergency declarations …

  1. Will Godfrey Silver badge


    Sounds rather like an opportunistic power grab to me.

  2. sitta_europea Silver badge

    So ... nobody goes to jail?

    You'd have thought that if a $6M fine is justified, not paying it would deserve at least a few weeks in the pound.

    I mean if I didn't pay a parking ticket, that's what I'd get.

    1. ThatOne Silver badge

      You're not a business. Businesses get away with a (suspended) slap on the wrist, at worst they just pull the plug and reappear a couple weeks later under a new name and a spotless record...

  3. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

    Ah, money crime

    -> The man behind a popular website that allowed cyber criminals to fake their caller ID location has been sentenced to 13 years and four months in prison... making or supplying articles for use in fraud

    If he had stabbed somebody he would likely have got 5 years at most. Or even nothing at all.

    1. yetanotheraoc Silver badge

      Re: Ah, money crime

      How many years for stabbing 3.5 million people?

      1. Claptrap314 Silver badge

        Re: Ah, money crime

        It's only a flesh wound!

  4. ThatOne Silver badge

    Our tax money at work?

    > found 600 instances of malware on county systems

    Wow, was there still space left in there for anything else besides malware?

    There is incompetence, and there is Suffolk County. Apparently it's a whole different level.

  5. IGotOut Silver badge

    Welcome to Reg USA

    "personally identifiable information like addresses, insurance numbers and other contact details."

    Unlike the good ol' USofA, having you NI number out in the wild is nowhere as near as bad as a Social Security Number in the US. Apart from work, the taxman and pension, I'm struggling to remember where else it's used. Unlike the SSN where it's used to identify if you want to get almost anything requirinh even the most basic of checks.

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