On March 22, Atlanta’s connected systems city-wide were hit with a ransomware message, locking their respective files and demanding an approximately $50,000 payment in form of bitcoin.
Two months after a cyber attack, the Atlanta city is still going through the wreckage of what is likely the worst cyber attack targeting a U.S. city till date.
After March 22 incident, Atlanta residents were unable to complete simple city system-dependent tasks like paying parking tickets and utility bills. Daphne Rackley, Atlanta’s Interim Chief Information Officer and head of Atlanta Information Management, during the business meeting on Wednesday, disclosed all new details about the extent of the damages.
According to the reports, almost 30 % of programs are deemed as “mission critical” by the city, meaning that they control crucial city services like and law enforcement and the court system. One-third of the 424 software programs that the city runs remain offline or partially inoperable. During the meeting, Rackley presented that only 20 percent of the city’s software programs to be affected by the attack in the city, in which affected critical systems.
While updating numbers, he estimated that $9.5 million likely to be added to the department’s $35 million budget to fulfill the remaining damage. Atlanta is being regarded as a frontrunner for Amazon’s second headquarters. Atlanta’s Police Chief also disclosed that the cyber attack destroyed “years” worth of police dash cam video footage, a fortnight.
TechCrunch has recovered, Atlanta Information Management about how additional $9.5 million for recovery will be allocated.