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Cyberattackers strike city of Atlanta

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March 22, 2018 Category: Stateside Posted by:

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“The city of Atlanta’s computer network was targeted Wednesday by hackers demanding ransom, prompting an investigation by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, officials said.

“The city of Atlanta has experienced a ransomware cyber attack,” Richard Cox, the city’s chief operating officer, announced at a news conference this afternoon. “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 at 5:40 a.m.

“This is a very serious situation,” Bottoms said at the news conference.

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.

The officials said that no evidence has been found to indicate the city’s emergency 911 response networks, including those used by police and fire departments, were tampered with. They also do not believe the city’s water department or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport computer systems were affected.”

Read more at ABC News.

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