Ransomware Takes Georgia’s City of Hinesville Offline
An unknown ransomware variant took down the City of Hinesville in late February. Initially, the ransomware attack was reported as an IT incident; however, city officials are now reporting their systems were indeed infected with ransomware on February 20th. The exact ransomware variant is unknown, and the ransom demand has not been released. However, the city’s phone and email systems remain offline, and there is no estimated timeframe for systems to return. Individuals living within Hinesville will need to pay their water bills either through the mail or go to the office to make the payment. Online payments are not being processed at this time.
Other Ransomware Attacks
For a list of ransomware attacks that have already taken place in 2018, you may click here. We have also created a ransomware map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.