Computer Malware Costs Allentown More Money

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown City Council approved the allocation of an additional $220,000 to address the malware virus that attacked city computers earlier this year during Wednesday night's meeting. The vote was 7-0.

The city's entire Microsoft infrastructure was compromised during the February 2018 attack. The city is in the final year of its existing contract with Microsoft and maintains changes needs to made to its licensing model to ensure a secure environment for the future, according to the ordinance. The city added that "changes to the licensing model will ensure a secure Microsoft infrastructure environment for the future."

There was no public discussion on the ordinance.

President Roger MacLean read a prepared statement that the council held an executive session on the subject July 15. Mayor Ray O'Connell, Managing Director Joseph McMahon, members of the IT bureau and a consultant, named Michael Shevlin, attended the meeting about the malware attack.

The statement included that "the subject matter is not subject to open meeting requirements under the Sunshine Law." The note added that "matters of cybersecurity are confidential under both the federal Homeland Security laws and the Pennsylvania Confidential Security Information Law."

Other Business

In business that was discussed in public, the council passed a bill that will alter the billing cycle of the rental registration and licensing fees landlords in the city are required to submit. Previously the registration fee was due April 30 of the billing year. The bill now changes the date to Dec. 31 of the subsequent year. In addition, landlords are currently required to pay a fee of $75 per unit and are charged a late fee of $25. The bill increases the late fee from $25 per unit to $50 per unit.

The vote was 5-2, with Councilman Julio Guridy and Councilwoman Cynthia Mota voting against it.

In other news, O'Connell recognized Jeremiah Lyons, an Allentown resident, who was named as the 2018 Boys & Girls Club NE Regional Youth of the Year.

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