CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The silence was deafening as 19 News reporter Paul Orlousky put a question to the gathering of IT experts at Cleveland City Hall on Monday.
They finally had admitted that a computer ransomware attack had happened at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Turns out, the same silent treatment is what Councilman Mike Polensek says Cleveland City Council was getting during the fiasco.
“Why not just level with us, why not just tell us what was going on or brief us privately,” complained Polensek.
One of the frustrations in all of this is that computer experts speak a different language than most people. So it’s hard to tell if three quarters of a million dollars to get the systems up and running was a good investment or not.
“When it comes to IT we’re novices, you know? We’re not computer experts, so we’re looking to the administration to give us the IT information.” he said.
The IT information never came, so with less information than they would like council had little choice but to throw more money at the problem. “Tens of millions would be an understatement. It’s maybe over one hundred million dollars when you look at all the divisions and departments over the years.” said Polensek.
While mum is the word we found the same thing when we asked the two companies that got contracts last night. At IntelliNet, they hung up the phone twice. At Black Box a manager said the work that was done was private.
“Why wasn’t there firewalls, why wasn’t there protection out at the airport. Something as critical as the airport I can’t tell you.” pretty basic questions that Polensek can’t answer and the city of Cleveland won’t.