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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – A 19 News investigation is digging deep and finding out more about a cyber attack at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Cleveland officials are finally offering new details on airport technical woes.

Cleveland officials from the Mayor’s office are reporting no hacking and no ransom demands.

The City reiterated there is no impact to the airport’s security and operations systems.

However, email, airport flight and baggage displays are still currently unavailable.

Sources say the attack is ransomware.

A program that holds a system hostage until a ransom is paid.

“You wanna make sure all your back ups are completely separate from the system that got hacked,” said Paul Sems, a cyber security expert and at TrustedSec.

He routinely launches test attacks on his clients’ systems to make sure there are no gaps.

If there are, he gets them filled in, It gives him a good perspective as to what the city won’t confirm happened and what’s going on.

All the city has said is a tired and misleading phrase that this is an “isolated incident.”

“It look like what they’re trying to do is first isolate all the systems.”

The second thing is they’re gonna figure out how it got in. Then the third thing they’re gonna do is start doing the restore.” theorized Sems about what is going on behind the scenes.

Had the city kept it’s back up system separate from the one that was hacked none of this would be necessary.



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