The City of Baltimore was hit by a ransomware attack - Technical.ly Baltimore

Civic

May 7, 2019 5:12 pm

The City of Baltimore was hit by a ransomware attack

A "majority" of the city's servers were down as a result of the attack, said Mayor Young.
Baltimore City Hall.

Baltimore City Hall.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

A majority of the servers in the City of Baltimore’s IT network were shut down Tuesday after it was infected with a virus, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said.

Young described the attack as ransomware, which uses encryption to make systems inaccessible. Attackers then demand a payment to turn access back over.

Though many servers were shut down, Young said essential services such as police, fire, EMS and 311 were still operating.

“City employees are working diligently to determine the source and extent of the infection,” Young said in a statement. “At this time, we have seen no evidence that any personal data has left the system.”

At the Baltimore Department of Public Works, a tweet said that an email outage was first evident this morning. In turn, the email outage also took down phone lines, leaving the department unable to take calls about water billing issues.

The department also said that employees of the city’s finance department were outside the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, which is located near City Hall, instructing citizens that it was not accepting cash.

Baltimore also faced a cyber attack in 2018, when a ransomware attack infected the city’s 911 system. In that case, the system was back online within 17 hours.

Advertisement

-30-
CONTRIBUTE TO THE
JOURNALISM FUND

Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

Baltimore police to add 15 license plate readers

Tenable acquires industrial cybersecurity company for $78M

Microsoft hosts Women in Cyber panel to talk careers, connections [Events Roundup]

SPONSORED

Baltimore

How independence fuels confidence and professional development at SmartLogic

Baltimore

SmartLogic

Operations Manager

Apply Now

Philadelphia, PA

Vistar Media

Software Engineer

Apply Now

Baltimore, MD

SmartLogic

Chief of Staff

Apply Now

This Maryland cybersecurity association looks to promote prospects to professionals

Cybersecurity startup Code Dx wins $2M seed investment at DataTribe Challenge

Westminster’s MAGIC draws 88 teams for Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition

SPONSORED

Baltimore

How this lawyer is helping entrepreneurs bark up the right tree

Philadelphia, PA - Center City

Odessa

Sr. Business Analyst, ERP Implementations

Apply Now

Baltimore, MD

SmartLogic

Developer

Apply Now

Philadelphia, PA

URBN

IT Recruiter

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Baltimore

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!