By Tyler Durden
It has been nearly two weeks since the City of Atlanta’s municipal government was hit with a crippling ransomware attack that wiped millions of government files and left the city’s police and first responders relying on paper record-keeping.
So far, the city has made almost no progress in recovering its files. Police still don’t have access to vital databases and investigative files. The town’s auditor says the city’s books have been destroyed, aside from whatever’s left in the paper record. And top city officials are scrambling through a holiday weekend to piece together bits of city projects from personal computers and email addresses that weren’t affected by the hack. Almost every government department was affected by the hack – though fortunately 10 of the 18 machines in the city auditor’s office somehow avoided the hack.
“Our data management teams are working diligently to restore normal operations and functionalities to these systems and hope to be back online in the very near future,” said Carlos Campos, a spokesman for the Atlanta PD. Campos said that some officers have returned to filing digital reports.
City officials (with an assist from the FBI) are trying to work through the hack. But if they don’t find …read more