ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A late 2020 ransomware attack froze some operations for an integral government agency in central New Mexico. Best known as operators of the Rail Runner train service, the Mid-Region Council of Governments was locked out of much of its administrative data with cyberattacks holding it hostage, demanding a quarter-million-dollar payment.

KRQE News 13 Investigative Reporter Larry Barker recently sat down with Digital Anchor Chris McKee to talk about the investigation in depth. Watch the video above for the full discussion.

Among the topics covered, Larry discusses how heard about the story, what MRCOG has done to protect themselves from further attacks, and more about the data the agency lost and recovered in the process. To watch Larry Barker’s complete investigation into the cyber nightmare on Copper Avenue, click here.