Georgia Department of Public Safety latest victim of cyberattack

Georgia State Patrol car file photo: AJC.com

Channel 2 Action News has confirmed the Georgia Department of Public Safety is the latest victim of a cyberattack.

A spokesperson told Channel 2's Richard Elliot the department became aware of the ransomware attack Friday and that work has not been interrupted.

DPS spokeswoman Stephanie Stallings confirmed Saturday that officials are investigating a ransomware attack discovered Friday morning within the agency’s computer system.

“Protocols are in place and have been activated for an event like this,” Stallings said, adding that teams are conducting a forensic analysis of the DPS system to learn more.

Officials decided Friday to shut down the department’s computer servers and systems as the Georgia Technology Authority investigates the attack, Stallings said.

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The Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division are all under the department.

"The event is ransomware and teams are conducting forensic analysis to learn more. Protocols are in place and have been activated for an event like this. DPS will continue to work closely with GTA to analyze the impact and the appropriate resolution to this event," Stallings said.

The GSP, the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety and Capitol police have switched to an old system of phone and radio communications in the meantime, she said, and have not had their work interrupted.

There have been several cyberattacks reported in Georgia in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, computers with Lawrenceville police, Henry County government and the Blackshear Police Department have been attacked.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.