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Atlanta's Ransomware Cleanup Costs Hit $2.6 Million

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Atlanta's Ransomware Cleanup Costs Hit $2.6 Million Money Would Have Been Better Spent on Prevention, Experts Say Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • April 24, 2018 Atlanta skyline at night. (Photo: Maciek Lulko, via Flickr/CC)

Atlanta's ransomware outbreak cleanup and response tab: $2.6 million.

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On March 22, a ransomware outbreak hit Atlanta city government systems, freezing not just the city's technology but also its ability to get work done.

As a result of the outbreak, the city's 8,000 employees were unable to use their PCs for several days (see Atlanta After Ransomware Attack: Please Restart Your PC).

The outbreak disrupted access to email, Oracle financial software, Siebel customer relationship management applications and Accela "civic engagement" software, as well as a Capricorn software self-service portal for residents. As a result, city residents were unable to pay for...(continued)

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