Ransomware Takes Georgia Town’s Email and Phone Systems Offline

Haythem Elmir

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

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