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Hack on City Services Declared by Atlanta Officials


Kesha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta Mayor declared Thursday afternoon regarding computer service of the city was hacked. City authorities say Atlanta is managing a cyberattack that is holding inside system hostage utilizing ransomware; CBS integrated WGCL-TV reports. 5 a.m. in the morning, the hacker sends a written communication with a threatening that, city computer systems are frozen, CBS News security correspondent homeland Jeff Pegues announces. Attacks of ransomware on cities and organizations are becoming more typical and harming.


The attack results several computers to blackout. Online service of paying bills and few law enforcement information wasn't available as uploaded on cbsnews.com 22/03/2018.


As per WGCL-TV, Thursday morning a ransom note with payment demand in Bitcoin cryptocurrency was found. The letter claimed that all the files were encoded and need a key to retrieve access.


Authorities found a ransom notethat demand a bitcoin payment to decode the files, as per the local CBS integrate. Cox claimed, along with the Cisco, FBI, Microsoft and DHS the city is working to address the matter. Cox stated, the attack has affected the internal programs and users-facing applications that enable citizen to pay bills.


Companies often don't realize that they were infected until they are unable to access data or when computer messages seem demanding for a ransom payment in return for a decrypted key as per the FBI's site.


"Right now, with backing from Microsoft, the Atlanta Information Management group is operating meticulously to resolve the problem. We are sure that our expert technology team have the capacity to reestablish applications soon. Atlantaga.gov the website of the city remains available and updates will be given as soon as we get updates," Anne Torres, city's spokeswomen stated in a statement.


At present the City of Atlanta is encountering blackouts on different customer-facing apps, including a few that customer might utilize acquire court-related data or to pay bills.


It remains unsure whether the personal data had been hacked. Pegues reports, officials are encouraging employees of the city to be vigilant for signs regarding their personal data theft, like sudden charges of credit card. On Friday City Hall of Atlanta might shut down for ransomware attack.

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