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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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T

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

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statement said the computer system
was disabled for around two weeks,

Testing for COVID-19
in Tillamook County
Cody Mann
headlightnews@countrymedia.net

A

Tillamook lumber mill
worker was tested for
coronavirus this past week,
leading operations to shut down
Thursday, March 12, for a cleaning.
Hampton Lumber Mill Plant
Manager Mark Elston issued a
statement about the employee
and the closure. In the statement,
he said the employee was tested
at the local hospital and advised
by medical professionals to
self-quarantine at home pending
results.
“The employee is following
that advice and has committed to inform us of a positive or
negative result once known,” he
said. “We will let our employees
know this result and will keep the
appropriate community leaders
informed.”
Elston said upon learning of
the possible infection risk, Hampton Lumber closed shop to clean
and sanitize areas the employee
frequented. He said the relevant
break rooms, restrooms, offices,

and control rooms were sanitized
by a local cleaning service.
“We take the health and safety
of our employees and the community very seriously,” Elston
said. “We will monitor the situation and take the appropriate
action to safeguard our employees and our operation as we get
additional information.”
As of Monday, March 16,
Elston said the employee’s test
results had not yet been received.
The mill was reopened for work
after the temporary shutdown to
sanitize gathering areas.
County officials confirmed
Friday, March 13, that tests for
COVID-19 were conducted in
Tillamook County. Test kits are
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As of Friday, there were no
confirmed COVID-19 cases in
Tillamook County. The Health
Department tested two sick
individuals, and both came back
negative, according to a statement
from county officials. Adventist
Health has also tested patients
for the virus and is waiting for

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

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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County officials
utions for
Se ing sol
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declare state of emergency
unty’s housi
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March 12,

2020

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The state of emergency will last
to access the building should use
Cody Mann
until April 1, when it will be rethe south entrance. Access to the
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evaluated.
Justice Court, District Attorney’s
typically
mid“This is a very fluid situation
office, Juvenile Department andcompete for need against
ounty officials held an emerworkers and
and things are changing rapidly,”
Circuit Court will be available. low-paid agricultu re as educatio n and
gency meeting Saturday,
such
Handicapped access to the courtMarch 14, to declare a local state of Yamamoto said.
The pressure
dle-wage earners
Concerned about the impact of
house also remains available. healthca re employe es.
s vacation
emergency due to the coronavirus
adds
a possible COVID-19 spread in
The Tillamook County Healthis compoun ded by numerou
outbreak. Most county offices will
to Portland
proximit y
the area, Bell said with only a few
Department will still be open. Pubhomes in
close to the public, operating by
rentals, and
intensive care beds, Tillamook
lic access will be closed off at thea high demand for second
phone and email instead.
County.
County lacks the capacity to handle Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office,
drives up the
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serious
outbreak.
but jail visitations will continue. All The absence of housing outside the
er Bill Baertlein said the declaration
more
workers living
Access to the Tillamook County
Tillamook County libraries and the
was necessary due to the rapidly
number of leaves others paying
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and harder
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mass gathering ban. Canceled and with the least money dispropo rtionployee expressed the Jan. 21“Are we going to be infected,”
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and travel
Works will be closed to the public,
rescheduled events include the
Yamamoto said. “I can tell you
ing choices for work.”
city managem Garibaldi City Council.
the
the much yes, we will.”
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Hampton Lumber Mill in Tillamook.
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land supply
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