Colorado Water and Sanitation District Locked Out of Engineering Data and Drawings

September 30, 2022


When employees of the Fort Collins Loveland Water District and South Fort Collins Sanitation District got to work the morning of Feb. 11, they were locked out of technical and engineering data and drawings stored on their computers. The districts had fallen victim to a ransomware cyberattack, the second in two years, General Manager Chris Matkins said. Hackers were holding the data hostage and demanding a ransom payment before they'd unlock the information. Matkins won't say how big the ransom demand was or how payment was to be made. "It's not something we will talk about," he said. "It didn't have any bearing on how we responded."

Incident Date

February 11, 2019

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Threat Source

No threat source identified