Another Cyber Attack Targets Georgia
Update 3/11/2019: The County hired a third-party
The ransomware variant that infected networks was found to be Ryunk. This ransomware is often initiated through an initial Trojan virus infection and sits dormant until the hackers launch the attack.
As if the ransomware attack that took out the City of Atlanta wasn’t enough, now Jackson County offices of Georgia are suffering the aftermath of a ransomware attack.
County officials have confirmed, every office has been impacted by this cyber attack. At this time, the biggest priority is restoring emergency systems, including the 911 networks.
The exact ransomware variant remains unknown, as does the ransom demand. A statement has not been released regarding the County’s intentions on restoring their network. Depending on the status of their backup files, they could potentially restore the systems with them. However, this would require timely backups, staff availability and the time to do so.
Another alternative, which is not recommended, is to pay the ransom demands set forth by the hackers. The goal of making this payment would be to obtain the decryption key, which allegedly would restore the networks. Unfortunately, that does not always happen, even after the payment is made. Which, of
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