Atlanta is the latest local government to have its computer system attacked by hackers. The criminals are demanding $51,000 in Bitcoin to remove their ransomware.
It’s been a quiet few months on the ransomware front. The last notable attack targeted a hospital in Indiana back in January, but now a new target has been hit. The city government of Atlanta, Georgia, reports that their computer system was targeted by hackers in a ransomware attack.
The City of Atlanta is currently experiencing outages on various customer facing applications, including some that customers may use to pay bills or access court-related information. We will post any updates as we receive them. pic.twitter.com/kc51rojhBl
— City of Atlanta, GA (@Cityofatlanta) March 22, 2018
No Joy in Dixie
The attack hit the city’s computer system early Thursday morning. The systems that were targeted were those that people use to pay bills as well as access data from the court system.
City employees were handed printouts when they showed up for work, stating that they should not use their computers until the city’s IT department cleared them. City officials have warned employees and citizens who have used the computer …
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