The city of Akron, Ohio has been identified as the latest victim of a cyber attack…
An unknown ransomware variant infected the city’s networks, targeting key hardware and software systems on January 22, 2018. In an attempt to mitigate the spread of the malicious software, the city took systems offline — including their 311 information number. Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t be much worse, as residents lost a key information source in the midst of digging out from a massive snow storm.
It is unclear what the ransom demands were, or if the city paid them to restore access to their systems. Akron city officials did, however, call upon Ohio’s National Guard Cyber Security team in an attempt to restore the network. The success of this attempt has not been released.
For a list of ransomware attacks that have already taken place in 2019, you may click here. We have also created a map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.
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