911 Systems Fail After Ransomware Attack

Can you imagine writing down 911 calls with a pen a paper…

That’s exactly what the Palm Beach community had to do after ransomware struck their systems for the second time in two weeks.  Each call had to be documented with pen and paper, although according to CBS 12,  the public’s safety was never in danger.

The municipality did not pay the hackers for the decryption keys, and are working diligently to create stronger systems to prevent this from occurring again.

For a list of all reported 2016 ransomware attacks on public municipalities, click here.

We have also generated an interactive map that includes all of the ransomware attacks within the United States that have occurred this year.

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5 thoughts on “911 Systems Fail After Ransomware Attack

  1. They can change laws, strengthen enforcement, and become more vigilant, but the most important thing these municipalities can do is to communicate with PC Pitstop and get true protection from these thieves and other malware.

  2. This sort of indicates that your ‘911’ systems are somehow run on an MS Windows-based system whereas in civilised countries such as the UK the emergency systems are connected to digital telephone networks using Unix and not in any way connected to the outside world. You get what you pay for.

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