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Friday, March 23, 2018

Atlanta city government hit by cyber attack - hackers demanding Bitcoin ransom...

The details have been vague on which systems have been compromised - so far the city has only told us what isn't effected: public safety, water, and airports.

“Our Atlanta Information Management team is working diligently with support from Microsoft to resolve the issue. We are confident that our team of technology professionals will be able to restore applications soon. Our city website, Atlantaga.gov, remains accessible and we will provide updates as we receive them.” officials said in a statement.

As far as which systems are effected - it sounds like they're still figuring that out as well.

“We don’t know the extent or if anyone’s personal data or bank accounts will be compromised, all of us are subject to this attack” said Mayor Keisha Bottoms.

According to local TV station WXIA, the hackers are demanding $51,000 worth of Bitcoin to unlock the government systems, which is an an odd, and surprisingly low number for a government system hijack.

Officials have also stated they are working with the FBI, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

We are awaiting further updates.

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Author: Ross Davis
San Francisco News Desk