News reports have confirmed the Georgia court system has been struck with a ransomware attack, which has resulted in at least part of its digital information systems being taken offline.
An investigation is now underway; it remains unclear how many systems were compromised. Bruce Shaw, spokesman for the Administrative Office of the Courts, confirmed the attack and reports not all court systems have been affected. As a precaution, the network was taken offline and the IT department is working with external parties to determine the attack's extent.
This isn't Georgia's first foray into ransomware investigations. Back in March 2018, computer systems of the City of Atlanta were hit with a ransomware campaign that significantly disrupted government operations and caused millions of dollars in losses. In that case, Atlanta refused to pay the $50,000 ransom and is paying millions more to recover from the incident.
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