Bridgeport notifies residents of cyberattack

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — The city of Bridgeport has notified residents of a cyberattack that happened earlier this year.

According to a five-page letter from the city, city systems were encrypted with ransomware on May 27. Ransomware allows hackers to download information and hold data until a user pays a ransom.

Officials said they restored operations and contacted the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Division.

There is no evidence that hackers accessed information, which includes Social Security numbers, addresses, birthdays and other information used to create any city account.

The city is offering residents one year of free credit monitoring. Residents have until Dec. 31 to notify the city about the program.

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