The city of Atlanta’s computer systems were targeted by a ransomware cyberattack Thursday morning, city officials said.
City officials warned that employees and anyone who conducted transactions with the city may have had their information jeopardized by the cyberattack, which caused caused outages to multiple internal and external applications for the city including applications customers use to pay bills or access court related information.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also said the city was unsure how much sensitive information was compromised and urged employees to monitor their bank accounts to see if their financial information had been accessed.
“Because we don’t know, I think it would be appropriate for the public just to be vigilant in checking their accounts and making sure their credit agencies have also been notified,” Bottoms said.
The Department of Atlanta Information Management learned of the outages at 5:40 a.m. when workers noticed peculiar activity on the computer network.