City of Atlanta Working to Recover from Major Ransomware Attack
Officials are working to get computer systems back online after city data was locked by hackers last week.
Last week, the city of Atlanta fell victim to a major ransomware attack in which hackers locked important data behind a wall of encryption. The hackers demanded $51,000 for release of the data.
Many employed by the City of Atlanta still have no access to internet and email as cybersecurity professionals work non-stop to enable access to the city’s data.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke with the press about the importance of cybersecurity for Atlanta moving forward. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done with our digital infrastructure in the city of Atlanta and we know that year after year, that it's something that we have to focus on and certainly this has sped things up."
Bottoms reported that the city offices have remained opened and operational through the attack.
When asked if the City would consider paying the ransom to restore access, Mayor Bottoms stated to reporters that they would follow the recommendations of federal authorities.
Various departments and the jail have resorted to pen and paper records while electronic records are inaccessible for municipal court.
Due to the malware attack, WiFi has been disabled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, and Atlanta-are residents cannot pay bills online. The cyber attack did not interfere with emergency services such as law enforcement or fire rescue, water supply safety, or airport safety processes.
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