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Going Public: City of Cape Girardeau Work to Secure Systems Against Future Cyber Attacks

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

Over a month ago, the city of Cape Girardeau suffered a cyberattack. 

The city was forced to bring in experts to tackle the aftermath of the attack and get their systems up and running again, says City Manager Scott Meyer. 

Since then, city administrators have taken steps to now secure their servers.

At the first March council meeting, the city council will talk about what comes next.

“We first had to get everything put back together,” Meyer says. “And looking at the next step would be an action that would take council approval.”

Some details aren’t available at the moment, Meyer says, as the Federal Bureau of Investigations continues their examination of the evidence. 

“It’s not that we don’t want to be transparent about everything,” It’s just in some of these cases it just isn’t wise public policy to be out speaking about things that in the middle of an investigation; you end up helping people that you don’t want to help.”