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Georgia Courts Suffer Ransomware Attack

Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) officials have discovered ransomware on the organization’s servers, according to Ars Technica. The ransomware shares characteristics with Ryuk ransomware, which often goes undetected for days or months after an initial infection and identifies and attacks an organization’s critical network systems.

Hackers used ransomware to attack AOC servers, and individual court networks were unaffected by the cyberattack, AOC Communications and Outreach Specialist Bruce Shaw told Ars Technica. Furthermore, Georgia courts that use AOC network applications experienced delays due to the ransomware attack.

The Georgia Technology Authority has been notified about the AOC ransomware attack, Shaw indicated. State and federal law enforcement and information security authorities also are providing AOC with recovery support.

Cybercriminals Launch Ransomware Attacks Against Cities, Government Infrastructure

In addition to the Georgia AOC ransomware attack, cybercriminals have increasingly launched ransomware attacks against municipal IT operations, government and transportation systems over the past few months and years.

Examples include:

The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently issued a warning about Ryuk ransomware attacks, too. NCSC also has provided organizations with tips to help them combat Ryuk ransomware attacks.

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