Weeks after ransomware attacks took down computer networks in three Florida cities, a court agency in Georgia has fell prey to a ransomware infection. It was reported that the servers belonging to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) were offline due to an unknown ransomware that made way into its network. The court agency provides support to state, probate, magistrate, and municipal court councils in Georgia.
Bruce Shaw, a spokesperson for AOC told the media that its officials quarantined the agency’s servers and cut off the network from outside contact after detecting the attack. However, it is uncertain how many computer systems or services were affected.
FBI's take on ransom payments
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) advises victims not to pay ransoms as it may lead to funding other cyber attacks. “The payment of extortion demands encourages continued criminal activity, leads to other victimizations, and can be used to facilitate additional serious crimes,” the federal agency told WIRED in a statement.
“Additionally, paying a ransom does not guarantee the victim will regain access to their data. The main thrust of the FBI’s ransomware outreach program is to inform the public that most ransomware can be prevented,” added the FBI.