Alaskan government workers have turned to typewriters to get their work done after a cyber-attack crippled their computer system. The malware that attacked the Matanuska-Susitna residents’ machines left emails, internal systems and disaster recovery servers all encrypted. As a result staff dug out typewriters from storage and used them, as well as handwriting, to get their work done. Over 500 machines were said to have been infected by the attack. “Without computers and files, Borough employees acted resourcefully,” Public Affairs Director Patty Sullivan said. “They re-enlisted typewriters from closets, and wrote by hand receipts and lists of library book patrons and landfill fees at some of the 73 different buildings.” As well as attacking the email server and desktop computers, this malware also affected the telephone system and the door entry card system. While email data appears to be totally unrecoverable and lots of other data has been lost, some has been recovered. The encrypted data will be kept in the hope that the FBI will be able to recover the decryption keys from those responsible. A new, clean network is now being built to serve the government employees.