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Bitcoin Ransomware Attack Hits Atlanta in US

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    Government computers of City of Atlanta, Georgia in Southern United States have been hit by ransomware

Bitcoin Ransomware Attack Hits Atlanta in US

Government computers of the city of Atlanta, Georgia in southern US have been hit by ransomware.

The attacker demanded $6,800 of Bitcoin per unit or $51,000 to unlock the entire system, screenshots revealed to WXIA, an NBC affiliate television station shows. WXIA broke the story.

Microsoft, Cisco, FBI and Department of Homeland Security are currently involved in investigating the situation, said Atlanta City COO Richard Cox in a press conference Friday.

Who was affected?

The extent of the attack is not known, said mayor Keisha Bottoms in the press conference. She urged everyone to be vigilant.

Atlanta government’s Twitter says the city “is currently experiencing outages on various customer-facing applications, including some that customers may use to pay bills or access court-related information.”

The city’s main website remains on. Public safety, water and airport operations departments have not been affected, Cox said. Procurement website remains unaffected, the department tweeted.

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Sylvia  is a Washington-based reporter and writer interested in blockchain, other fintech, future of money and how they interact with existing institutions. Besides English, she speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and French.

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