Cyber criminals have waged war on Atlanta after a cyber attack crippled the city's computer systems.
The cyberattack is causing outages on various computer systems. It all started around 5:40 a.m. Thursday morning.
The City of Atlanta official Twitter account sent out a tweet saying:
“The City of Atlanta is currently experiencing outages on various customer-facing applications, including some that customers may use to pay bills or access court-related information. Our @ATL_AIM team is working diligently with support from Microsoft to resolve this issue. Atlantaga.gov remains accessible. We will post any updates as we receive them. Thank you for your patience.”
The hackers sent a note listing their demands and instructions that read: Send .8 bitcoins for each computer or 6 bitcoins for all of the computers. (the equivalent of around $51,000) After the .8 bitcoin is sent, leave a comment on their website with the provided host name They'll then reply to the comment with a decryption software. When you run that all of the encrypted files will be recovered.City officials have not said if they'll pay the ransom but questions are circling as to how this data breech happened.
The city released a similar statement to CBS46.
“The City of Atlanta is currently experiencing outages on various internal and customer facing applications, including some applications that customers use to pay bills or access court-related information. At this time, our Atlanta Information Management team is working diligently with support from Microsoft to resolve the issue. We are confident that our team of technology professionals will be able to restore applications soon. Our City website, Atlantaga.gov, remains accessible and we will provide updates as we receive them.”
The Atlanta Municipal Court tweeted out around 2 p.m. that it was also experiencing outages on various customer-facing applications:
The FBI has been called in to investigate the incident. Not much other information is known at this time, but we have a crew at city hall gathering more information.
When we reached out to the City of Atlanta about processing payments for water bills, the city provided this information:
We are unable to process payments at our customer service window and we also cannot process online payments, but customers are able to pay by phone by calling 404-546-0311 and press #1.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms held a news conference about the attack Thursday:
A ransom note was discovered, stating that all files were encrypted and in order to unencrypt the files, a decryption key would be needed.
The note gave three steps to obtain the decryption keys:
1. Send .8 bitcoins for each affected PC or six bitcoins to receive ALL private keys for ALL affected PCs.
2. After sending .8 bitcoins, leave a comment on our site with this detail: Just write your "host name" in your comment. your host name is COU-Pc0BY047.
3. We will reply to your comment with a decryption software. You should run it on your affected PC and all encrypted files will be recovered. Our site address: http://jcmi5nc3mvgtyt5.onion/nonpentetrable/.
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