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Hackers hold Atlanta city computers for bitcoin ransom

Hackers hold Atlanta city computers for bitcoin ransom

Atlanta's City Hall may be shut down Friday due to the ransomware attack.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms advised city employees to contact credit agencies and monitor their bank accounts in case their personal data was compromised.

The attack was first discovered around 5 a.m. Thursday morning. WiFi has been disabled at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport out of caution, Cox said.

But some applications that people use to pay bills or access court information were affected.

The ongoing investigation will determine if resident or employee information has been compromised, Bottoms said.

Officials in Atlanta and the FBI are investigating a large-scale cyber attack that encrypted some personal and financial data stored on city networks.

City officials didn't disclose the amount of the requested ransom or if they meant to pay, but Bottoms said they were seeking help from federal agencies.

The culprit, or culprits, sent a letter to the city saying they'd unlock the computers they'd infected once they're paid $51,000 in Bitcoin.

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"At this time, our Atlanta Information Management team is working diligently with support from Microsoft to resolve the issue".

"This is a very serious situation", Bottoms stated at the news conference.

"The city of Atlanta has experienced a ransomware cyberattack", said Richard Cox, Atlanta's chief operating officer, at a news conference.

"All of us our subject to this attack", Atlanta's mayor said.

The demand, Green said, amounted to.8 bitcoins per individual system or device, or 6 bitcoins for a mass encryption key - the latter, equating to around $50,000 based on then-current exchange rates.

Bottoms said that officials are investigating the issue but "don't know the extent of the attack".

The City of Atlanta is the latest victim of a large-scale ransomware attack, though it could have been worse without the cloud, according Atlanta's chief information officer. The ransom price has not yet been revealed, or the city's intention of whether or not to pay up.

Those past steps may have helped limit the scope of the attack, Rackley said. "We have been taking measure to mitigate risk".


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