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City of Pensacola, Fla., Confirms Ransomware Attack

December 11, 2019

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Most systems remain offline to prevent the attack from spreading.

An ongoing cyberattack against the city of Pensacola, Fla., is confirmed to be ransomware, officials reported this week. While some email service has been restored for city workers, most of Pensacola’s systems are still disconnected to prevent the infection from spreading.

In a statement released after the Dec. 7 incident, city spokesperson Kaycee Lagarde said IT staff responded by removing computers from the city network. The city remained operational; however, some services were affected, including city emails, some city landlines, 311 customer services (calls are received, but online services are down), and online bill payments, including Pensacola Energy and City of Pensacola Sanitation Services.

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