Many Midland area nonprofits lost phone, Internet and email access after a ransomware attack on Thursday

Midland Police Department is conducting an investigation together with different regulation enforcementagencies after a ransomware attack happened Thursday, Oct. 20 in opposition to the Midland Information Technology Consortium.

MiTCON serves 85 non-profit organizations and small companies with 800 computer systems within the Midland area. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Midland Business Alliance.

On Monday, Midland Police Department Community Relations Officer Brennon Warren advised the Daily News that the cyberattack was reported to the police on Thursday. The investigation is in its “infancy levels.”

Warren stated the perpetrator of the ransomware attack didn’t demand a particular sum of money. Once the MiTCON community is restored to full operation, the group will flip over the related information that investigators want for the ransomware investigation.

The investigation will take a very long time, Warren stated.

“It will likely be a very complicated state of affairs,” he stated. “We have solely so many sources. The extent of this (case) is fairly giant.”

Warren stated that is the primary ransomware case that has been reported to the Midland Police Department no less than because the starting of 2022.

Investigators do not know what basic areas the hackers are positioned and most likely will not know “for fairly a while.”

Warren stated if  expenses are filed within the case, they might be for fraud and laptop hacking/invasion and can be felony expenses.

Midland Business Alliance President and CEO Tony Stamas advised the Daily News that he expects cellphone and Internet service to be restored to all MiTCON companions by Monday evening. Service had been restored for many companions as of two p.m. Monday.

“The email server will take extra time to mediate and restore to make sure it’s secure to make use of,” Stamas added. “Those with Office 365 have access to their email now.”

Stamas additionally emailed the next assertion to the Daily News early Monday afternoon: 

“MiTCON, an IT service supplier primarily serving nonprofit organizations within the Great Lakes Bay Region that’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the Midland Business Alliance, was the sufferer of a ransomware attack on Oct. 20. This affected its shoppers’ web and email companies in addition to cellphone traces. The MiTCON staff shortly contained the menace and has been working diligently to convey again companies for its shoppers.

“At this level, there was no dedication that shopper information or the non-public data of their shoppers/patrons has been compromised, however the investigation is ongoing. Anyone involved about their information ought to intently monitor their monetary data and notify their financial institution/bank card firm of any suspicious exercise.”

The following message was posted on the MiTCON Facebook web page on Thursday, which learn partly:

“MITCON’s servers obtained malware/ransomware assaults this morning. Our software program detected and quarantined two of the tried threats; sadly one virus received via the system. MITCON workers is working diligently with our software program vendor, Malwarebytes, to extract and eradicate the present and any future threats. We are investigating the attack and its implications.

Fortunately, we’ve a full back-up of information from our facilities as of Wednesday evening, earlier than the attack occurred.

Here’s what we advocate our clients do instantly:

1. If you may have been approached or messaged concerning paying a ransom – please don’t pay.

2. As a precautionary measure, we’re instructing all shoppers to energy down and disconnect gear from the community till we’re positive all methods are clear.”

One of MiTCON’s many companions, The Legacy Center for Community Success, had Internet access restored however nonetheless no cellphone or email access as of Monday morning, Legacy Center President & CEO Kathryn Tate advised the Daily News.

“We are extremely grateful for MiTCON. They have been working all weekend (to revive traces of communication),” Tate stated.

Since The Legacy Center is within the gradual means of transferring to a new constructing in Midland, Tate stated the non-profit has been utilizing the time of interrupted communications to work on the transferring course of.

“This is a kind of issues that occurs typically. We simply pivot,” Tate stated.

The MiTCON web site lists the next organizations as its companions:


Allen Foundation, Inc.

Adoption Option

Affordable Housing Alliance


The Arc of Midland

Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Michigan

Auburn Area Catholic Schools

Bay Area Women’s Center

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region

Camp Fire

Camp Fish Tales

Cancer Services

Chippewa Nature Center

Clements Electric

County Connection of Midland

Creative 360


Disability Network of Mid-Michigan

The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Dow Gardens

Eco Bio Plastics Midland

Education and Training Connection

Family & Children’s Services

Financial Edge Credit Union

First Presbyterian Church of Bay City

Four Lakes Task Force

Great Lakes Bay Region

Great Lakes Safety Training Center

Greater Michigan Construction Academy

Haiti Foundation Against Poverty

Hale & Hale DDS

Harry A. & Margaret D. Towsey Foundation


Helping Hands Dental Center

Humane Society of Midland County

Impact Analytical

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 692 of Bay City

Independent Community Living

Isabella County Child Advocacy Center

The Legayy Center for Community Success

The Little Forks Conservancy

Michigan Baseball Foundation

Midland Business Alliance

CBM Services, Inc.

Michigan Health Improvement Alliance

Home To Stay

Michigan State University

Mid-Michigan Facilitation

Midland Center for the Arts

Midland Area Community Foundation

Midland Country Club

Midland County Habitat for Humanity

Midland Kids First

Northern Michigan Alliance for Children

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

Omni Tech

Personal Assistance Options

Reece Endeavor of Midland

The ROCK Center for Youth Development

Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation

Safe & Sound Child Protection & Advocacy


St. John’s Lutheran Church & School

TMH Consulting

The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation

Toni & Trish House

Trinity Lutheran Church

Three Rivers Corporation

West Midland Family Center

United Way of Bay County

United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties

United Way of Bay County

Vail House

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