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City of Atlanta IT Systems Shut Down by SamSam Ransomware

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It was all over the major press. The Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia has confirmed that several local government systems are currently down due to a ransomware infection.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms expects city departments to open, but operate without IT support. Asked if the city plans to pay the ransom note, Mayor Bottoms said “We can’t speak to that right now. We will be looking for guidance from specifically our federal partners.”

According to 11Alive, a local TV station, the infection was caused by the SamSam ransomware, a strain that’s been very active at the start of this year, and had previously also infected the Colorado Department of Transportation. SamSam is also notorious for deleting Veeam backups.

Full story with updates at the KnowBe4 blog: Atlanta IT Systems Shut Down by Samsam Ransomeware  

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