An anonymous group of hackers have attacked the city of Knoxville, Tennessee’s IT network, letting officers to shut-off all systems on 12th June.
In line with the native reporting news media WVLT, the attack happened sometime inbetween on 10th -11th June, encrypting all files within the network infrastructure.
The attack forced workstations of the sub IT network to turn-off, that also disconnected internet access from the mayor’s infrastructure, public website, and even the Knoxville court.
The FBI is presently assisting within the investigation, although the identity of the ransomware group behind the attack has not yet been identified.
Official statement From Knoxville’s Mayor
Knoxville mayor and former WWE wrestler Glenn Jacobs published a press release via the official Knoxville government Twitter profile, stating:
“Cyber attacks can happen to anyone or any government regardless of how good the defence is. Within a lot of cases it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but a matter of ‘when.’ Our IT department has been in touch with the city and we stand ready to help if they require any.”
Knoxville joins along with a long list of several other cities within the U.S. that have been targeted by ransomware groups in the past few months, along with Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, as well as other smaller cities.
As recently reported, the NetWalker ransomware gang had attacked Michigan State University, or MSU. At the reporting time, the gang threatened to leak students’ records and financial documents. However, the university’s officials have said that they’re not ready to pay any ransom money as demanded by the hackers.