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Instead of paying $51,000 Bitcoin to release encrypted data during a March ransomware incident, the city of Atlanta's I/T Dept now wants $45 million to fix city's computer systems. Police and court systems say years of critical data is completely lost and over a third of software programs disabled. Where are city backup servers and files ... and why tens of millions to repair? Bad, bad I/T procedures IMHO.
June 6, 2018 – Atlanta’s administration has disclosed little about the financial impact or scope of their March 22 ransomware hack, but information released at the budget briefings confirms concerns that it may be the worst cyber assault on any U.S. city.
Yesterday a city official said more than a third of the 424 software programs used by the city have been thrown offline or partially disabled in the incident, Atlanta Information Management head Daphne Rackley said. Nearly 30 percent of the affected applications are considered “mission critical,” affecting core city services, including police and courts.
Initially, officials believed the reaches of the cyber assault on city software was close to 20 percent and that no critical applications were compromised, Rackley said.
Rackley anticipated an additional $9.5 million would be needed by her department in the coming year due to the hacking, in addition to the $35 million suggested for the technology department in her budget pitch, which was delayed in the cyber incident.
Top city officials are still discovering the extent of the ransomware incident, in which hackers demanded $51,000 worth of bitcoin for the release of encrypted city data. Atlanta has said it did not pay the ransom.
Departments citywide, including municipal courts, told the council on Wednesday about their struggles to regain workplace normalcy since the attack. Interim City Attorney Nina Hickson said her office lost 71 of 77 computers as well as a decade of legal documents.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields told local media that the hack wiped out police dash-cam recordings, and "will not be recovered”.
In response, administrators said they were still working on determining total costs.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Leslie Adler - Reuters via OANN)