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Atlanta hit with cyberattack; hackers demand ransom

Atlanta hit with cyberattack; hackers demand ransom

The city said they are working around the problem and it hasn't impacted any services.

She advised anyone who has given personal information to the City of Atlanta online that would have been stored in its servers to be vigilant about the potential misuse of that data and to check their online accounts for suspicious activity.

In response to the attack, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport chose to shut down its free public WiFi and limit some functions of its website as a precaution.

In a statement on Twitter, the city said it is "currently experiencing outages on various customer facing applications, including some that customers may use to pay bills or access court-related information".

Atlanta city officials said on Friday that the city's computer systems are still being held hostage by hackers and that investigators are working diligently to improve the situation.

The city of Atlanta's computer systems were targeted by a ransomware cyberattack Thursday morning, city officials said.

"We can't speak to that right now", Mayor Bottoms said in response to a press conference question about whether Atlanta will pay the ransom.

The culprit, or culprits, sent a letter to the city saying they'd unlock the computers they'd infected once they're paid $51,000 in Bitcoin. An article by Microsoft details that "it provides the city with Azure and Azure Government cloud platforms, Power BI data analytics and other MS technologies". Police Chief Erika Shields said her department has not been included in the hack, but it is taking precautions anyway.

"All of us are subject to this attack". This includes whether they will pay the Bitcoin ransom.

"The city of Atlanta has experienced a ransomware cyber attack", confirmed Richard Cox, the city's chief operating officer.

"This is not a new issue to the state of Georgia or our country", Rackley says. "This is a reflection of us trying to take it seriously".

The demand, Green said, amounted to.8 bitcoins per individual system or device, or 6 bitcoins for a mass encryption key - the latter, equating to around $50,000 based on then-current exchange rates.