Pensacola Under Attack as Suspected Ransomware Strikes
Just hours after a suspected terrorist attack at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, that left three sailors dead, the city of Pensacola was hit with a suspected ransomware attack that took local services offline. Early Saturday morning, the city network was taken offline as ransomware affected government employees’ ability to access their email and phone systems. Other services affected include online payments such as Pensacola Energy and City of Pensacola Sanitation Services.
On Monday, Pensacola cybersecurity experts were still struggling to bring the network back online. However, a spokesperson for the government stated that the city is still “operational” despite the incident and affirmed that 911 services had not been impacted. The FBI has stated that there is no clear connection between the suspected terrorist attack and the ransomware attack at this point. However, Pensacola is just one of numerous municipalities that suffered from a ransomware attack in the US this year alone.