It’s not a good day for the city of Atlanta.

Officials in Atlanta say the city’s computer systems are not yet fully operational after a ransomware attack hit the city last week and locked some city data behind a wall of encryption. They’ve been working “around the clock” to get systems back on-line, including city email, internet and many departments such as the courts, jails and utility bill payments are being run the old fashioned way – with pen and paper.

Hackers are demanding a $51,000 ransom to restore access to the city’s data. However, this is usually a ploy to restore only some of the access to their systems and continue to bait and bleed the victim dry.

Funny how having a good data backup and continuity plan goes a long way in these situations. Do you have one?

Stay safe out there.

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Source: NPR