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Atlanta Response to Reported Ransomware Attack

Atlanta Response to Reported Ransomware Attack
The FBI and federal Department of Homeland Security are coordinating with the city of Atlanta to resolve a ransomware attack…

The FBI and federal Department of Homeland Security are coordinating with the city of Atlanta to resolve a ransomware attack that impacted internal and public-facing applications and caused some online outages.

The city of Atlanta watched multiple online Web pages and services stop working on March 22 in a ransomware attack that began during the early morning hours and generated a response from two federal law enforcement agencies and two technology companies.

The Department of Atlanta Information Management (AIM) was made aware around 5:40 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time that “various internal and customer-facing applications” had been compromised, Atlanta’s new Chief Operating Officer Richard Cox said during a late-afternoon press conference.

The federal Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and incident response teams from Microsoft and Cisco are working with the city and AIM to resolve the issues, Cox said.

“However, we are still evaluating the extent of the compromises,” he said.

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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