An unidentified ransomware gang attacked the city of Knoxville, Tennessee’s IT network, forcing authorities to shut down all systems on June 12.
According to the local Bitcoin Billionaire news, the attack took place sometime between June 10th and 11th, encrypting all files within the network infrastructure.
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The attack forced the shutdown of the internal IT network workstations, which also disconnected Internet access from the city’s infrastructure, the public website and even the Knoxville courthouse.
The FBI is currently assisting in the investigation, although the identity of the ransomware group behind the attack has yet to be revealed.
The official statement of the Mayor of Knoxville
Knoxville Mayor and former WWE wrestler Glenn Jacobs issued a statement via the official Twitter of the Knoxville government:
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„Cyber attacks can happen to anyone or any government, no matter how good the defense. In many cases, it is not a question of ‚if‘ but ‚when‘. Our IT department has been in touch with the city and we are ready to help them if they need it.
Knoxville joins a long list of cities in the United States that have been targeted by ransomware groups in recent months, along with Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans and other smaller cities.
Cointelegraph recently reported that the ransomware band NetWalker had attacked Michigan State University, or MSU. At that time, the gang threatened to leak student records and financial documents. However, university officials have said they will not pay the ransom.