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8/5/2019
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8 Head-Turning Ransomware Attacks to Hit City Governments

Hackers know vulnerable systems when they see them, and they also know this: Many government systems are decades old, running Windows 7 and even Windows XP.
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1. Georgia/Atlanta Courts

Last month the Georgia court system was hit with a ransomware attack, resulting in at least part of its digital information systems being taken offline. Officials at the Administrative Office of the Courts confirmed the attack and said not all court systems were affected. As a precaution, the network was taken offline and the IT department worked with third parties to determine the nature of the attack. 
The attack on the courts wasn't Georgia's first foray into a ransomware case. Back in March 2018, computer systems for the City of Atlanta were hit with ransomware, an attack that significantly disrupted city government operations and caused millions of dollars in losses. In that case, Atlanta refused to pay the $50,000 ransom and has since paid out millions to recover from the incident.
 
Dark Reading reported the news on July 1. 

Image Source: Adobe Stock: SeanPavonePhoto

1. Georgia/Atlanta Courts

Last month the Georgia court system was hit with a ransomware attack, resulting in at least part of its digital information systems being taken offline. Officials at the Administrative Office of the Courts confirmed the attack and said not all court systems were affected. As a precaution, the network was taken offline and the IT department worked with third parties to determine the nature of the attack.

The attack on the courts wasn't Georgia's first foray into a ransomware case. Back in March 2018, computer systems for the City of Atlanta were hit with ransomware, an attack that significantly disrupted city government operations and caused millions of dollars in losses. In that case, Atlanta refused to pay the $50,000 ransom and has since paid out millions to recover from the incident.

Dark Reading reported the news on July 1.

Image Source: Adobe Stock: SeanPavonePhoto

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