Ransomware Attack In Albany
In Albany, the extent to which the IT systems have been crippled is not clear so far, however government officials hastened to allay any fears of records being lost or damaged.
The troublemaker ransomware attack has now claimed its latest victim, the City of Albany which is the capital of the New York state. According to reports, the attack happened on March 30, 2019 and city officials have confirmed the same. They are working in response to the incident and to ensure that no deviation happens to any daily life activities and no records are lost. This is not the first time such an incident has happened across the city. In fact, this follows similar recent attacks on North Carolina and Georgia. Both the previous attacks had caused disruptions to some residential services and also an obstruction to retrieval of data in government IT systems and departments.
LIFE IS STILL NORMAL IN ALBANY
In Albany, the extent to which the IT systems have been crippled is not clear so far, however government officials hastened to allay any fears of records being lost or damaged. The press release on the official site of the city had reassured residents that all city services and data required will be available as usual. The only exceptions will be birth and death certificates, marriage certificates. The report also mentioned that the city will function as usual from the beginning of the week. i.e. Monday at normal working hours and this includes court services which will be open and functioning as usual.
The Mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan reassured the city’s residents that there was absolutely nothing to worry about and that the city officials were assessing the extent of damage. The mayor also tweeted that once the details were known; it will be made aware to the public.
The Mayor in her statement commented, “The City of Albany has experienced a ransomware cyber-attack. We are currently determining the extent of the compromise. We are committed to keeping you informed and will provide updates as they become available. Things on the ground seemed normal by Tuesday as daily life went on without any hiccups. The marriage certificates were also accessible and the only issue seemed to be that of birth and death certificates. However, the payroll system of Municipal workers seemed offline and most of them were seen updating their work hours manually on paper. This was according to reports from the local Albany Times Union.”
At this point neither the city officials nor the mayor had given any details on the specific type of ransomware attack that had happened against the IT systems of the city.
NOT THE FIRST TIME, NOR THE LAST
Albany is the latest in the series of cyber-related ransomware attacks that are happening over cities and companies. Very recently the world’s biggest producer of Aluminium was subjected to a ransomware attack termed as Locker Goga. This attack forced the company to partially switch over its operations to manual mode until things were put back on track. Infact, the preceding attack in Georgia even compelled the county officials to pay up cybercriminals a supposed demand of $ 4, 00,000 to retrieve the encryption key.