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City of Cartersville paid $380k ransom to restore access to files

March 03, 2020 / Doug Olenick
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Almost one year after a ransomware attack struck the city of Cartersville, Ga., municipal officials revealed that they paid a ransom of $380,000 to regain access to their files.The news was made known after the local Daily Tribune News filed a Freedom of Information Act request, which disclosed the payment to mitigate the May 4, 2019 attack. The Daily Tribune found that the initial ransom demand was for $2.8 million, payable in bitcoin, and that the city’s insurance paid the majority of the cost. The attackers did deliver the decryptor keys necessary to regain access about 48 hours after the payment was made and all systems were operational soon thereafter. The FOIA showed city officials learned the attackers used Ryuk ransomware and that police and other emergency services were impacted.