Hackers attack Atlanta city’s computers, demand ransom payable in Bitcoin

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  • Hackers demanding ransom payable in bitcoin attacked computers of the city government of Atlanta
  • The ransomware assault has shut down multiple internal and external applications of the city
  • The total ransom being demanded by the hackers was around US$51,000 payable in Bitcoin

Hackers demanding ransom payable in Bitcoin attacked computers of the city government of Atlanta in the southern US state of Georgia, officials said ad disclosed by Channel News Asia.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a news conference on Thursday, March 22, that the ransomware assault has shut down multiple internal and external applications of the city, which includes apps people use to pay bills and make access to court-related information.

According to city government officials, it was dawn on Thursday when they learned about the attack after they have noticed unusual activities on their servers. They added some of the city’s data had become encrypted.

“This is a very serious situation,” Bottoms said.

A ransom note was sent to the city giving instructions for payment to free up files encrypted by the hackers.

The total ransom being demanded by the hackers was around USD51,000 payable in bitcoin, investigators said.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were called in to help investigate.

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