Dire warning from Atlanta
Reuters reported that nine days ago Atlanta was hit by a devastating ransomware attack. According to Reuters, the city was plunged into technological chaos with some city workers forced to revert to using paper and their mobile phones to conduct business. Services had to be shut down such as municipal services, courts, and the water department. Police files and financial document were rendered inaccessible. We have warned on a number occasions that as retailers move further into cyberspace, they must start treating cybersecurity as a core business function, particularly because cyber extortionists have been moving from attacking individuals to large organisations. The Mayor of Atlanta declined to say if the city paid the ransom (around $50,000). Some experts suggested that the city should have paid the ransom, quickly.