April 8, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia: 5-day city-wide computer shutdown. Here's a list of things they could not process during the outage:
Pay traffic tickets, water bills, permitting needs online + report potholes, etc.
No online warrant validation.
Handwritten Police reports.
No free Wi-Fi at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – word’s busiest airport
Ransomware attack - one of the most sustained and consequential cyberattacks ever mounted against a major American city.
Cities need to consider Cybersecurity at same level as Police, Fire and Public Safety.
SamSam Ransomware attacks gain access to its victims’ systems and then waits for weeks before encrypting the victims’ data
$50k ransom demanded.
Dell SecureWorks and Cisco Security involved in trying to remediate Atlanta security situation.
Preventive measures - training employees to spot and sidestep “phishing” attempts meant to trick them into opening the digital door for ransomware.
Events like this are preventable. User awareness is a critical component to the defense against having this happen to you.
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