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Ransomware Attack on Atlanta City Deleted Massive Police Dashcam Videos


Atlanta's Department-of-Police, which suffered a ransomware attack in March, had to lose dashcam videos of its police cars worth many years after the attack impacted IT infrastructure of the city at large. Last week Erika Shields Atlanta Police Head gave a select interview on the matter to Atlanta Journal stating that dashcam footage got exposed that couldn't be regained.


A ransomware assault hit Atlanta, but the city didn't meet the ransom payment to get hackers free the system from their control. The incident impacted Atlanta city along with its residents, after which the city spent weeks for getting back hold over the technical infrastructure it maintained. Whole of IT infrastructure in the city was brought down due to the attack.


According to numerous security professionals and IT directors, the data which is regarded valuable during any situation of ransomware are applications, spreadsheets, mission-essential data sets, and similar others. Since Atlanta Police Department has the authority to attest, many different types of media exist which are endangered whenever ransomware attacks occur. Techrepublic.com posted this, June 6, 2018.


Officers at Atlanta fast found the many client-facing systems Atlanta installed had been inoperable owing to the hack. The systems included bill payment apps, while the attack demanded certain 6-bitcoin worth ransom to recover the whole system. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta overruled any payment to the attackers while spent several millions hitherto to sign immediate tech contracts in order to have the impacted IT infrastructure rebuilt.


Fortunately, the hack solely impacted an investigator's PC while left safe all the dashcam movie clips of the whole APD from deletion. Additionally, all files of criminal cases too were intact on Atlanta's servers. Unfortunately though, the mentioned impacted PC had its numerous 105,000 files stored, compromised.


The attack prevented any access to a number of bill payment websites, the public records as well as judiciary system. Moreover, it affected variously nearly all departments the city runs other than '911 emergency.'


About 2 months following the attack, Atlanta's affected systems were all restored by May 18. The final expenditure of the city for file restoration along with systems rebuilding stood at $5m-and-more.

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