The city of Greenville in South Carolina hit with ransomware attack
- The network of Greenville has been infected with ransomware forcing the city to shut down the majority of its servers.
- The city officials are working closely with experts from other counties and municipalities to determine the source and the impact of the attack.
What is the issue - Greenville officials have disclosed that the city’s network has been infected with ransomware.
Why it matters - The ransomware attack has forced the city to shut down the majority of its servers.
Worth noting - The city officials are working closely with experts from other counties and municipalities to determine the source and the impact of the attack.
The ransomware infection was detected by a member of the Greenville Police department. Upon which the city’s IT department notified the employees about the incident and the decision to shut down the servers was made.
- The city’s communications manager Brock Letchworth confirmed that police and fire emergency communication are not impacted by the ransomware attack.
- Letchworth noted that the Greenville Utilities Commission is not affected as its computer system is not connected to the city’s network.
- He further confirmed that no public safety is impacted and the city phones are operational.
- He confirmed that other city operations are continuing as normal, however, requested residents to make payments via cash.
“It is important to note that computers don't run cities. People do. All of our operations are continuing, although we are having to adjust some of the ways that we do things in some areas,” Letchworth said, Reflector.com reported.
“We have no reason at this time to believe any personal information has been compromised,” Letchworth added. The city is currently working to restore their systems and bringing back the city operations to normal.