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INSIDE INSIDE School Creamery districts find Visitors Center meal solutions closed until for kids further notice Pages A2 Pages A3 Headlight Herald WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020 VOL. 133, NO. 12 • $1 TILLAMOOK, OREGON • WWW.TILLAMOOKHEADLIGHTHERALD.COM County pays $300,000 for cyberattack ransom Cody Mann email@example.com 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 Image: Metro Creative Graphics statement said the computer system was disabled for around two weeks, Testing for COVID-19 in Tillamook County Cody Mann firstname.lastname@example.org 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 en.com reportedly inastcitiz short supply. northco 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 n See RANSOM, Page A2 Cody Mann/Headlight Herald 1996 k County since North Tillamoo No rth Co ast Serving Citizen Need an INEXPENSIVE print media advertising option this summer? $1 Volume 25, No. 6 Tillamookek County officials utions for Se ing sol ng crisis declare state of emergency unty’s housi d market March 12, 2020 Longtime k Co of affordable housing and divide Tillamoo lack Garibaldi by low wages, lic worksC Problem driven pub n employee resigns 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 email@example.com 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 Tillamook County CommissionTillamoo k a 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 Courthouse will be screened. Tillamook County Pioneer Museum developing situation around COVcounty, and afford. Either choice e can County department offices at the will close immediately. workforc Dorsey the Hilary than they edia.net ID-19. Commissioners Mary Faith for courthouse will serve the public The Tillamook County Fair- makes it harder to build Bell and David Yamamoto agreed and harder headlightreporter@countrym by appointment. The Community grounds is suspending all events in Tillamoo k Countystable staffs. As the with the necessity. No COVID-19 to build “those es Development office will close to of 250 people or more in compliemsaid, have been confirmed in the compani of Garibaldi cases force report fewer housaboutat this time. the public but will serve people by ance with Gov. Kate Brown’s former City concernscounty housing task have phone and email. County Public mass gathering ban. Canceled and with the least money dispropo rtionployee expressed the Jan. 21“Are we going to be infected,” ent during 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.” though the solid waste transfer staSpring Bazaar, Creamery Assoand enviately further pretty meeting of ck worked for geograph y to a scarce tions remain open. Complic ated Martin McCormi32 years beforeVotes for a resolution declaring ns add but than and l protectio The north courthouse entrance k County, the emergency and enacting a concity for more is certified for water in Tillamoo n See EMERGENCY, Page A3 ronmenta and will be closed. Those who need a pre- plan passed unanimously. growth read tingency Hampton Lumber Mill in Tillamook. Cody Mann/Headlight Herald land supply resigning said urban treatment. He that outpreserve the the 2017 report wastewater to the council have helped boundari es characte r and its sustainpared statement hostile work environrly area’s rural re sector, particula lined an alleged works department, public able agricultu The environm ental ts ment in the in losing a valuable shortconstrain dairy farming. one that resulted when it is already and boundary may protectio ns land supply, which staff member said.sick.” to carry-out and delivery only away fromhanded, others ifhe you’re ov. 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