Cook County First Municipality Hit by WannaCry Ransomware

Cook County which includes Chicago was hit by WannaCry ransomware.

The ransomware worm WannaCry, which attacked sites globally, did not spread through a phishing scam. Cook County reported no operations were infected.


By Jason Shueh & Chris Bing

A fast-spreading global ransomware campaign has found its first local government target in Illinois, StateScoop has learned. Cook County’s incident is the first known government infection of the WannaCry virus in the U.S.

The county, which includes the city of Chicago, confirmed to StateScoop that its Bureau of Technology found the ransomware on “a small number of systems” on Friday.

“We initiated our standard security procedures to address the issue. No major Cook County operations are impacted at this time,” said spokesperson Frank Shuftan.

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