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A cyber-attack gets $700,000 from the City of Naples

Posted at 6:20 PM, Aug 01, 2019

NAPLES, Fla. — Fox 4 has confirmed a major cyber-attack on one of Southwest Florida’s most prominent cities.

Naples City Manager Charles T. Chapman IV tells Fox 4 the city was the victim of a criminal cyber-attack. He says the thieves got away with $700,000. We’re told the funds were part of a construction project underway this summer renovating 8th Street South.

We tried reaching out to the city for an interview but we were told no one was available. However, the city did release a statement:

“We take cyber security very seriously. We actively train our employees to identify cyber security threats. In today’s business environment, it is not a matter of if you are going to be attacked, it’s a matter of when are you going to be attacked. Despite our best preventative measures, the City of Naples is now a victim of a cyber-crime. We are taking all the necessary steps to work with law enforcement in this matter. Additionally, we have filed claims with our insurance carriers and our banks. City technology services staff are actively engaging in increasing our security measures.”

The matter is currently under a criminal investigation.