City of Atlanta | Offline due to Ransomware Attack

City of Atlanta | Offline due to Ransomware Attack

23/03/2018; FBI investigating computer outages in the city's network possibly tied to Samsam-type ransomware variant.

The City of Atlanta’s computer network has fallen victim to a ransomware attack that has encrypted some of the city’s data, mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced at a press briefing on Thursday. The mayor encouraged the city’s employees and anyone who had conducted transactions with the city to keep tabs on their bank accounts in case their personal information may have been misused.

As for whether the city would pay the ransom, the mayor said that the city would seek guidance from federal authorities on how to “navigate the best course of action”.

Link: Article on Eset's welivesecurity blog.

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