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City of Atlanta hit by ransomware attacks

Downtown Atlanta is seen from the SkyView Atlanta, a 200-metre-high ferris wheel with 42 gondolas, in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, July 18, 2013. Photo taken on 18 July 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry)

The City of Atlanta is focused on a ransomware attack that has had an impact on a number of its systems.

“The City of Atlanta is currently experiencing outages on various internal and customer facing applications, including some applications that customers use to pay bills or access to the court-related information,” a spokesman for the city explained, in a statement by e-mail to Fox News.

Atlanta Information Management team is working with Microsoft to resolve the issue, according to the city. “We are confident that our team of technology professionals will be able to restore applications quickly,” it added. “Our City website Atlantaga.gov will remain accessible and we will provide updates as we receive them.”

The City of Atlanta is currently experiencing outages of several customer-centric applications, including some that customers can use to pay bills or access to the court-related information. We will post any updates as we receive them. pic.twitter.com/kc51rojhBl

— The city of Atlanta, GA (@Cityofatlanta) March 22, 2018

SCARY RANSOMWARE ATTACKS FAMOUS NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY

The quote of a screenshot taken by a city employee, 11Alive reports that hackers are demanding $51,000 in bitcoin. The cryptocurrency is popular with hackers, because it is difficult to trace.

The FBI is working with the municipality to determine what happened in the attack, according to 11Alive.

Last year, a major ransomware attacks forced the shut down of a host of IT systems in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

HACKER GOALS SACRAMENTO REGIONAL TRANSIT, REMOVES 30 MILLION FILES IN RANSOMWARE ATTACKS

Also in 2017, a hacker targeted Sacramento Regional Transit, the removal of 30 million files in a ransomware attack. Officials worked to restore the data from backup files.

In 2016, a Los Angeles hospital paid a ransom of nearly $17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network

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