Uh oh! The city of Atlanta’s computer network has been targeted by a group of hacker demanding a large ransom.
Officials sent out an outage alert yesterday, saying the city was “experiencing outages on various internal and customer-facing applications, including some applications that customers use to pay bills or access court-related information.”
Now the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have gotten involved after the cyberattack, caused by ransomware which locks computers and holds data for ‘ransom,’ was found on the City of Atlanta’s servers.
“This attack has encrypted some of the city data, however, we’re still validating the extent of the compromise.”
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said workers began noticing peculiar activity on parts of the city’s computer network around 5:40 a.m. yesterday
“This is a very serious situation,” Bottoms said at the news conference.
Mayor Bottoms and Cox said the attack caused outages to multiple internal and external applications for the city, including apps people use to pay bills and view court-related information.
“We don’t know the extent, so I would ask for people to assume that you may be included,” Bottoms said.
Neither Bottoms or Cox would say how much the hackers demanded in ransom or if the city will pay it.
“Our information management team is working with the FBI, homeland security, also external partners from Microsoft and Cisco Cybersecurity incident response team to help resolve this issue,” Bottoms said.
“We have been working diligently all day long to try to come to some type of resolution.”