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What Cities Can Learn From Atlanta’s Cyberattack

Updated: May 1, 2023

"In March 2018, #hackers targeted Atlanta’s #computer #networks. Demanding $51,000 in bitcoins, the #cyberattack held the city hostage for nearly a week. Some city services reverted to pen and paper to continue operations.

But the city refused to pay: It didn’t want to reward and encourage more ransomware attacks, and there was no guarantee that systems would be restored even if it paid. Ultimately, the financial hit to the city was far higher than the ransom. One city report uncovered by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution estimated that the costs associated with the attack could reach as high as $17 million."

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