City of Atlanta hit by ransomware
Over the past year, ransomware continues to grow as one of the most pressing security threats to organizations all around the world. In 2017 ransomware types more than tripled from 2016, with more than 100 new families of the malware were discovered. This trend is predicted to continue as global ransomware damage costs are expected to reach more than $11.5 billion annually by 2019. Seemingly every week we hear of a new major company or organization that has been hit with the encryption malware.
Last week, this new organization was the City of Atlanta. On Thursday, the cities mayor announced that it's computer network had fallen victim to ransomware that encrypted some of its data. We still don't know the full extent of the damage. but some of the cities online services have been cut off, including various applications that are used to pay bills or access court-related information. As of Friday afternoon, the city had recommended that city hall employees not use their computers. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, the worlds busiest airport, also is playing it safe and had shut down it's free wi-fi network to protect travelers in case the ransomware spread.