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Atlanta government computers hit by ransomware

2018-03-23 10:45 by
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The city of Atlanta government has apparently become the victim of a ransomware attack. Multiple online Web pages and services stopped working on March 22 in a ransomware attack that began during the early morning hours.The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security are investigating the case.

Atlanta COO Richard Cox confirmed the attack in a news conference Thursday afternoon. He said it happened at 5:40 a.m.

"The City of Atlanta has experienced a ransomware cyber attack," he said. "This attack has encrypted some of the city data. However we are still validating the extent of the compromise."

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms urged residents who have done business with the city online to be cautious and monitor their personal data, including their bank accounts. But, contrary to some previously published reports, officials said the city payroll was unaffected and staffers are expected to be paid on schedule.

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