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City recovering from cyberattack

by BILL BULEY
Staff Writer | February 21, 2024 1:00 AM

COEUR d'ALENE — The city of Coeur d’Alene's phones and website were up and running again Monday after being offline last week due to a cyberattack.

The city shut down its computer network last week after malware was detected in its system Feb. 11.

“As soon as we learned this, we began investigating and determining the effects of the incident,” a city release said.

The cyberattack has caused problems for the city. It also led to a cancellation of a hearing on the proposed expansion of The Coeur d'Alene Resort scheduled Thursday before the Design Review Commission, as proper notifications could not be sent out.

The hearing has tentatively been rescheduled for March 28. 

A Feb. 12 press release said the city was working with nationally recognized third-party cybersecurity and data forensics consultants to help it following the cyberattack.

The city has not commented on the situation since it issued that release. It has not said if citizen information in its network may have been compromised.

"We will keep our community informed as we have further updates and express our ongoing gratitude for your patience and support," the Feb. 12 release said.

Emergency services for the city operated normally last week.

The Hagadone Corporation recently unveiled a preliminary plan for a new development project along Sherman Avenue, between First and Second streets. 

The proposed new addition to The Coeur d’Alene Resort encompasses a multi-faceted structure, including luxury hotel rooms, a restaurant featuring a rooftop lounge, parking and spaces for retail and commercial offices. 

“The project envisions a tiered structure ascending from five to 15 stories strategically designed to seamlessly integrate with existing residential views,” said a news release from the Hagadone Corporation.