Cyberattack Cripples Atlanta City Court

Mar 26, 2018

The City of Atlanta’s computer network is still under siege by a ransomware cyberattack that began March 22. The shutdown is backlogging the city’s justice system. 

People who showed up for municipal court Monday morning were turned away and told their court dates would be automatically rescheduled.  Jackson McKay drove six hours from Ocala, Florida to get documents he needs for an auto dealer license.

“I’m pretty upset,” he said. “I gave them some information and they are going to fax me some stuff, but I’m going to sit it out in a hotel and hopefully they'll be back up tomorrow.”

Hackers encrypted city data last week and demanded a $50,000 ransom. No word yet on if the city will pay, or how long the court will be closed. Workers at City Hall are not able to process payments or log on to their computers. City officials say there’s no evidence customer or employee data is compromised, after warning anyone who’s ever done business with the city to check their credit and bank statements anyway.