Ransomware infection takes some police car laptops offline in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the latest addition to the already disturbingly long list of US government entities that have fallen victim to a ransomware attack in the past year. The DPS network was infected with ransomware on 26 July, forcing the agency to take all IT systems offline, including their website, email servers and other servers.
Due to the shutdown of these services, officers with Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Capitol Police and the Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Division were no longer able to access DPS data using police car laptops.
Earlier this month, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Lawrenceville Police department also suffered ransomware attacks.