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Employees for #city of #Atlanta allowed to #turn #computers back #on

Employees for the city of Atlanta who haven’t been allowed to turn on their computers after a major hack put the city at risk last week are now being allowed back online.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says teams of city IT experts and outside companies are still trying to diagnose what happened during the cyberattack that has crippled the city’s computer systems and left business at a standstill.

The computers at City Hall were turned off for several days and experts believe the hackers gained access to computers systems through a remote portal.

The attack continues to cause all kinds of problems and is frustrating people who are trying to conduct business with the city. It’s a big pain for people like Eulises Wimberly, who needed to take care of business at municipal court.

“They didn’t tell me anything. They just gave me this piece of paper here to reschedule my appointment again. I feel kind of bad because I had pay $30 for someone to bring me from Lawrenceville over here,” said Wimberly.

Wimberly isn’t the only one running into problems. Lauren Downer and her husband just bought a house and had to do everything the old fashioned way.

“My husband and I closed on our house Friday,” says Downer. “We had no water, the web site was down all weekend so we had no choice but to come in and ask to get our service turned on.”

Downer was able to physically fill out the paperwork needed for new service but it would’ve been much easier had the city website been operable.

City officials, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms insist that critical systems that the police and fire departments use have not been affected so far but many other services are not available.

The mayor likened the cyber crisis to the water infrastructure crisis under Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration, saying the digital infrastructure needs the same kind of emergency upgrade. The city’s computers have been idle except for those that can run off of hotspots and bluetooth. Everything else is pen and paper.

In addition to the FBI and Georgia Tech, the city has enlisted the help of an Atlanta-based computer company. They’re still trying to determine how the hacker got in. Even if they paid the ransom, they don’t know where the attack started. And that could mean attacks could happen over and over again.

Also, the mayor says there’s no evidence that anyone’s personal information has been compromised.

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Data Connectors Atlanta Tech-Security

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

General Cybersecurity Conference

 August 24, 2017 | Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Cybersecurity Conference Description 

Data Connectors offer over several dozen Security Events that take place throughout the United States. If you live and work in Atlanta then we’d recommend that you attend this event, not least so that you’ll enhance your career networking opportunities.

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Payday problems: Cyber thieves swipe paychecks from Atlanta school employees

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Atlanta Public Schools issued new paychecks to 27 employees who fell victim to what the superintendent called a phishing attack by cyber thieves. Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said Internet scammers stole $56,459 in payroll funds by rerouting direct deposit information from 27 unsuspecting employees. Another seven employees had their direct deposit…

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Feds seize largest criminal ‘dark web’ site AlphaBay after Atlanta investigations

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The largest criminal marketplace on the internet, AlphaBay, has been seized by the U.S. Department of Justice with the help of Atlanta-based investigations, officials said Thursday. An AlphaBay staffer was identified through an ongoing investigation conducted in Atlanta, DOJ spokesman Bob Page said. Officials said the “dark web” operation started…

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More Security Planned At Atlanta High School Game After Shooting

School officials say they plan to hire more off-duty police officers for security at an upcoming high school football game in Atlanta after a shooting outside a stadium left two people wounded.

WSB-TV reports that the shooting happened Sept. 4, as Grady High School played Carver High at Grady’s stadium in northeast Atlanta.

Police say five to seven teens confronted Keiunte Wallace outside the stadium and opened fire. One bullet struck Wallace in the back, critically wounding him.

Police say two more bullets struck a passing car and wounded 52-year old Xuenjing Yu. Her injuries were considered minor.

Investigators said the group of teens made its getaway in a stolen Honda Accord, which was recovered later.

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Sprint supports Atlanta with $50,000 in grants to CFY-Atlanta, HealthMPowers and the Southeastern Horticultural Society

(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 11, 2013– Sprint (NYSE: S) recently announced the 2013 recipients of its Atlanta Local Giving Program. In total, three area non-profit organizations were awarded grants as part of this signature community-support program. The Atlanta Local Giving Program awarded Sprint grants totaling $50,000 to area non-profits that support the Sprint Project Connect focus area of Internet […] View full post on Gregory d. evans