ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has found out how much the ransomware cyberattack on the City of Atlanta is going to cost tax payers.
The attacker demanded a $50,000 ransom to restore the city's systems. Channel 2 Action News has learned the city is now facing a $2.7 million price tag to fix it.
So far, city leaders have given few specifics about the source and the scope of the cyberattack.
“They were probably not as protected as we probably thought they were,” Georgia State University cybersecurity researcher Don Hunt said.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant obtained new records that confirm the city of Atlanta shelled out nearly $2.7 million on eight emergency contracts following last month's crippling cyberattack on city networks.
“They’ve got some really big players on the team there, and they’re spending a lot of money, so the depth of the problems that they had are probably enormous,” Hunt said.
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