954-866-1600    Get SUPPORT

A Ransomware Cyberattack Struck Atlanta, Georgia

A Ransomware Cyberattack Struck Atlanta, Georgia

Ransomware doesn’t discriminate with its targets, as the city of Atlanta, Georgia now knows so painfully well. The city became the target of a ransomware attack that crippled many of its critical system workflows. The municipal government suffered from one of the most advanced and sustained attacks in recent memory.

The culprits behind the attack, the hacker group SamSam, are known for meticulously selecting targets that they are fairly confident will pay up when faced with a ransomware attack. Even the mayor of Atlanta was intimidated enough by the attack as to compare it to a kidnapping or hostage situation. Access to important data, files, and applications hung in the balance, and the downtime caused by this incident led to considerable trouble for countless government officials and citizens. Technology has become such an integral part of running governments and businesses that even the slightest issue could have echoing repercussions, so you can imagine the shock and horror in the wake of this ransomware attack.

Even more horrific is the ransom demanded by the hackers that exceeded $51,000 in Bitcoin. Ransomware is known for locking down files and waiting for a payment from the victims before unlocking them. This particular strain of ransomware replaces the names of all affected files with the phrase “I’m sorry” and demands that the ransom be paid in a week.

By working with the technicians at Dell SecureWorks, Atlanta is back on its feet, but not without suffering considerably from the ransomware attack. It’s not clear if Atlanta will pay up for the release of its data, and confidentiality agreements mean that Dell SecureWorks will not reveal any information about their relationship to the attack. But one thing is painfully clear in the wake of such destruction: trying to pay the problem away can be just the beginning of ransomware issues.

For example, if you pay a ransomware developer for the safe return of your files, you might be funding further attacks on other victims. This is counter-productive to the security-minded culture of the business environment. Instead, it’s better to take preventative measures such as implementing data backup and disaster recovery, as well as identifying threats before they have a chance to become a problem. If you are ever struck by a ransomware attack, it’s better to reach out to an IT provider before committing to any payments to hackers. It’s better to try just about any alternative before investing in something that isn’t even a guaranteed fix.

To improve network security and enable preventative solutions, reach out to Evolution Networks. Our trained and trusted technicians will work toward ensuring your network is airtight. To learn more, reach out to us at 954-866-1600.

Reduce Your Technology Headaches Go with Managed I...
Power Off, or Leave It On?
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Sunday, 22 April 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Malware Privacy Outsourced IT Software Cloud Ransomware Email IT Services Network Security Data Backup Managed IT Services Business Computing Cloud Computing Small Business Android Hosted Solutions Backup Data Recovery Computer Productivity Business Remote Monitoring Hackers Data Management Mobile Devices Browser IT Support Business Management Business Continuity Internet Microsoft User Tips Managed IT IT Support Server Office 365 Infrastructure Managed IT Services Disaster Recovery Cybersecurity Google Data Managed Service Provider Firewall Unified Threat Management Encryption Mobile Device Smartphone Tip of the week Applications SaaS Innovation Project Management Holiday Smartphones Tech Term Word Government Saving Money Antivirus Efficiency BYOD Telephone Systems Hardware Phishing Data loss Windows 10 Artificial Intelligence IT Management Data Security Windows Productivity Redundancy Money Social Media Tablet Two-factor Authentication Employer-Employee Relationship Mobile Security Passwords Maintenance Server Management Document Management Recovery Uninterrupted Power Supply Vulnerability VoIP VPN Virtual Private Network Save Money Analytics Content Filtering Internet of Things Big Data Vendor Management Communication Chrome Licensing HIPAA Scam Risk Management Paperless Office Business Technology Windows 10 Trending Digital Storage Digital Payment Router Permissions Quick Tips Workplace Tips Techology Cabling Cooperation Heating/Cooling Password Downloads Outlook Software as a Service Spyware Robot Migration Modem Files Fraud Google Drive Unified Threat Management Staff Servers Wi-Fi Shortcut Collaboration Technology Tips Apple Chatbots Website Virtualization Avoiding Downtime Disaster Resistance Disaster 3D Printing Gmail Multi-Factor Security Identity Patch Management Smart Technology Customer Service Cookies Automation Hotspot Time Management Bandwidth Proactive IT Google Calendar IBM Augmented Reality Statistics Upgrade Distributed Denial of Service Data storage Nanotechnology Language Assessment Politics IT Consulting VoIP Legislation Corporate Profile Unsupported Software Flexibility Bluetooth BDR Compliance Managed IT Service How To Google Maps Computing Infrastructure Consultation Data Breach Solid State Drive Communications Mouse WannaCry Mobile Data Operations Regulations Break Fix Lenovo Alerts Technology Laws Hard Disk Drive Comparison Monitors Alert IT service Computer Care Wearable Technology Search Spam Mail Merge Travel Dark Web Mobile Device Management Superfish Remote Computing Unified Communications Network Management Facebook Tech Support User Error Specifications Samsung Mobility Training Microsoft Office Identity Theft Social Networking Address Microsoft Excel Firefox Miscellaneous The Internet of Things Touchscreen Printer Software Tips Black Friday YouTube Hosted Solution Wireless IT Technicians Motherboard Computing Data Warehousing Customer Relationship Management Networking Help Desk Gadgets Upgrades Net Neutrality Websites Access Control Hacking Virtual Reality Cyber Monday Settings Mirgation Mobile Computing Blockchain History Internet Exlporer SharePoint How To Administrator Education Notifications WiFi Webcam Gadget Cameras Machine Learning GPS Cortana Sync CCTV Relocation Update App Tracking Mobile Device Managment IT Solutions Taxes Computer Repair Private Cloud Downtime CrashOverride Marketing Error IT Consultant Chromebook File Sharing Crowdsourcing G Suite Health Cybercrime Physical Security Screen Reader Black Market Electronic Medical Records Cleaning Information Technology Office Smart Tech Twitter Social Legal Connectivity Apps Automobile Emoji Motion Sickness Processors Point of Sale Budget Sports Office Tips Staffing Supercomputer Emergency Work/Life Balance Hacker Network IT Budget Meetings Law Enforcement Users Web Server Personal Information Botnet