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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020

VOL. 133, NO. 12 • $1

TILLAMOOK, OREGON • WWW.TILLAMOOKHEADLIGHTHERALD.COM

County pays $300,000 for cyberattack ransom
Cody Mann
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illamook County officials
revealed that a $300,000
ransom was paid to regain data access after a cyberattack. The ransom
amount was disclosed during the
Tillamook County Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday,
March 11.
Commissioner Bill Baertlein,
reading from a prepared statement,
said it could have taken 12-24

months and cost $1 million to unlock the county’s computer system if
a ransom went unpaid.
“The county’s rapid and aggressive response to the incident mitigated the compromise and contained
the encryption to 17 of 55 servers
and five of 280 county workstations,” Baertlein said.
The attack was reportedly carried out by an international cybercriminal organization known to law
enforcement both nationally and
internationally. The prepared county

Testing for COVID-19
in Tillamook County

have protected our data in the event
of a natural disaster, the cyberattack resulted in encrypted backups,”
Baertlein said.
Commissioner Mary Faith Bell
emphasized that the government
was the victim of a crime, noting
a new frontier of security hazards
in the digital age. Commissioner
David Yamamoto said while other
municipalities have not disclosed

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and control rooms were sanitized
Cody Mann
by a local cleaning service.
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“We take the health and safety
of our employees and the comTillamook lumber mill
munity very seriously,” Elston
worker was tested for
said. “We will monitor the situcoronavirus this past week,
ation and take the appropriate
leading operations to shut down
action to safeguard our employThursday, March 12, for a cleanees and our operation as we get
ing.
additional information.”
Hampton Lumber Mill Plant
As of Monday, March 16,
Manager Mark Elston issued a
Elston said the employee’s test
statement about the employee
results
had not yet been received.
and the closure. In the statement,
The mill was reopened for work
he said the employee was tested
after the temporary shutdown to
at the local hospital and advised
sanitize gathering areas.
by medical professionals to
County officials confirmed
self-quarantine at home pending
Friday, March 13, that tests for
results.
COVID-19 were conducted in
“The employee is following
mTest kits are
Tillamook
County.
izen.co
that advice and has commitoastcit
northc
reportedly in short supply.
ted to inform us of a positive
or
As of Friday, there were no
negative result once known,” he
confirmed COVID-19 cases in
said. “We will let our employees
know this result and will keep the Tillamook County. The Health
Department tested two sick
appropriate community leaders
individuals, and both came back
informed.”
negative, according to a statement
Elston said upon learning of
the possible infection risk, Hamp- from county officials. Adventist
Health has also tested patients
ton Lumber closed shop to clean
for the virus and is waiting for
and sanitize areas the employee
frequented. He said the relevant
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statement said the computer system
was disabled for around two weeks,

adding that new security measures
were being implemented.
“The county made every effort
to avoid the payment of a ransom to
the cyber attacker, including recovery through two independent backup
solutions and hundreds of hours
of retained and county resources;
however, data critical to county
operations could not be restored
without paying the cyberattacker for
decryption keys,” Baertlein said.
“While the county maintained redundant backup solutions that would

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The state of emergency will last
until April 1, when it will be reevaluated.
“This is a very fluid situation
and things are changing rapidly,”
Yamamoto said.
Concerned about the impact of
a possible COVID-19 spread in
the area, Bell said with only a few
intensive care beds, Tillamook
County lacks the capacity to handle
a serious outbreak.
Access to the Tillamook County
Courthouse will be screened.
County department offices at the
courthouse will serve the public
by appointment. The Community
Development office will close to
the public but will serve people by
phone and email. County Public
Works will be closed to the public,
though the solid waste transfer stations remain open.
The north courthouse entrance
will be closed. Those who need

to access the building should use
the south entrance. Access to the
y
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office, Juvenile Department
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have washed
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hoist the boaters. Rural Fire and
the beach.
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your business succeed
through this
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Cody Mann
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ounty officials
driveheld an emerProb
Clem
gency meeting Saturday,

March 14, to declare a local state of
emergency due to the coronavirus
outbreak. Most county offices will
close to the public, operating by
phone and email instead.
Tillamook County Commissioner Bill Baertlein said the declaration
was necessary due to the rapidly
developing situation around COVID-19. Commissioners Mary Faith
Bell and David Yamamoto agreed
with the necessity. No COVID-19
cases have been confirmed in the
county at this time.
“Are we going to be infected,”
Yamamoto said. “I can tell you
pretty much yes, we will.”
Votes for a resolution declaring
the emergency and enacting a contingency plan passed unanimously.

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