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Ransomware Hits Georgia Courts As Municipal Attacks Spread

The Administrative Office of the Georgia Courts has become the latest government entity to suffer a ransomware attack. The attack was discovered on Saturday, prompting the office to shut down its network. A spokesperson said that the infected systems do not contain personal information of residents, adding that the office is working “to ensure our systems remain secure and that we get them back up and running as soon as possible.”

In recent months, a number of ransomware attacks on local governments were extensively covered by mainstream media outlets, including incidents in Baltimore and a recent string of attacks in Florida. While the FBI says they “are seeing an increase in targeted ransomware attacks,” the agency “[does] not have enough data to indicate one industry or sector is being targeted more than another.” David Kennedy of TrustedSec thinks that “there’s definitely an increase or uptick in the amount of ransomware campaigns that we’re seeing out there, but it’s not specific to municipalities or state or federal organizations.”

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