For the second day, a computer virus has disrupted or slowed systems at the City of Dallas. Users looking to access online library searches, or pay tickets online were greeted with a frustrating message: technical difficulties. “There is not a safe that hasn’t been cracked,” says Keith Barthold, CEO of DKB Innovative with a wry laugh. Not exactly comforting words. But, the warning from the local cybersecurity expert is at least timely.
“There are a lot of bad guys out there trying to get data, disrupt and take down organizations,” says Barthold, often he says simply to “create chaos.” A city spokesperson tells CBS 11 no personal data has been compromised and that responses to 911 calls weren’t delayed. However, the police Computer Aided Dispatch system was disrupted for a time on Monday as city staffers worked on a fix. A spokesperson says the CAD system was back up and running by Monday evening. But, the problems for other departments continued into Tuesday. So what’s a city to do? READ MORE