Cyberattacks Hit Oakley and Pleasant Hill, Recovery Underway

Oakley and Pleasant Hill, two cities in Contra Costa County, recently experienced cyberattacks, prompting recovery efforts. Officials are conducting forensic audits to understand the extent of the attacks.

Pleasant Hill’s police department reported direct impacts on the city’s computer systems, while Oakley declared a local emergency. Although some departments have returned to normal, others are still affected. Supervisor John Gioia mentioned a gradual restoration process to ensure security.

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Such attacks on local governments are increasingly common, as seen in Oakland’s recent ransomware incident. Cybersecurity expert Sai Huda highlighted the financial motives behind these attacks, often targeting valuable consumer data.

While Contra Costa County has improved its cybersecurity measures, officials stress the importance of ongoing vigilance by both government and individuals.

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