Georgia Cyber Attacks

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Public Safety

Stone Mountain Park Police, DeKalb County

Breach Type - Unknown, Ransomware

Fox 5 Atlanta

  • A cyber attack has impacted computer systems of Stone Mountain Memorial Association
  • Several computer systems were held for ransom for several days, investigators are working to isolate the attack
  • The public was left unaffected as police officers had to hand write reports as systems are being worked on
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Jackson County Government, Jackson Co.

Breach Type - Unknown, Ransomware

Fox 5 Atlanta

  • It was confirmed that a cyber attack occurred in Jackson County on Monday
  • The county was then held for ransom during the attack
  • It is speculated that this may be a repeat attack similar to one that occurred in March 2018
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11 Alive

  • Jackson County authorities stated that the attack has affected several systems within the county
  • Within the Jackson County Sheriff’s office the attack was tied to internal departments and is widespread to other agencies
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Online Athens

  • Jackson County paid about $400,000 this week following attack on systems
  • Officials justified paying ransom stating an equal amount was spent attempting to fix systems
  • Systems were plagued by Ryuk Ransomware
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Bibb County Sheriff’s Office & Macon-Bibb County Websites

Breach Type - Hacking

13 WMAZ

  • Sheriff's website defaced with message from Turkish hacktivists
  • Several departments shared the same hacked screen
  • Websites were restored and are being investigated
  • Passwords were changed in order to fight back
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Coweta County & Coweta County Public Safety Systems

Breach Type - Ransomware

Times-Herald

  • County’s computer systems affected by ransomware
  • Majority of Coweta information technology servers compromised by attack
  • Local public safety systems utilize backup systems, radio-only communications, and manual record keeping systems
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City of Atlanta & Atlanta PD

Breach Type - Ransomware

11 Alive

  • Samsam ransomware takes down city web applications & some phone lines
  • Police claim that they are unaffected but filing reports manually out of abundance of caution
  • Police still taking calls
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CBS 46

  • Atlanta Police Department files wiped
  • Files contained sensitive case info
  • Remains unclear if files can be recovered
  • Police continue manual work for certain tasks
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City of Savannah & Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan PD

Breach Type - Ransomware

Savannah Now

  • Malware attack, caused by email phishing scheme, hits Savannah
  • City officials said malware had not impacted 911 center’s ability to receive/answer dispatch calls
  • Virus affected system for 5 days – officials claim attack did not compromise city data or damage network
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WJCL

  • Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department impacted by malware attack
  • Hack originally hit the City of Savannah in February
  • Police Department has trouble accessing records
  • Department admits three areas of serious deficiency remain
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WALB News 10

  • Virus identified as ransomware
  • City of Savannah paid ransom to restore data & retrieve function of hardware
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Troup County Computer Systems Hacked

Breach Type - Ransomware

LaGrange News

  • Hack affected all county computer systems, including Troup County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputies resorting to “old school” documentation
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WRBL

  • Hackers from Eastern Europe demanded ransom of 24 Bitcoins
  • Sheriff’s office did not pay ransom
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Local Government

City of Morrow Website, Clayton County

Breach Type - Hacking, Other

11Alive

  • Hacker group infiltrated City of Morrow website
  • Altered homepage with Turkish and Palestinian propaganda & anti-Israel messages written in Turkish
  • City of Morrow officials secured website & reverted it back to its original state
  • Backups and scans of all systems performed, no malicious activity found
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City of Winder, Barrow County

Breach Type - Ransomware

Barrow Journal

  • Ransomware attack impacted City's computer & email servers
  • Point of entry unknown
  • U.S. Secret Service investigating source of virus
  • $320,000 ransom demanded by hackers
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City of Augusta

Breach Type - Hack

Augusta Chronicle

  • List of city employee emails accounts and passwords sent to local news source by bad actor
  • The employee data breach believed to be hacktivist attack against new Senate Bill 315
  • City of Augusta working to identify validity of information at risk
  • Investigation ongoing and rigorous to protect employee data
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Dawson County

Breach Type - Ransomware

Gainesville Times

  • IT department investigates servers after tax assessor's office could not save files
  • Discovered Dawson county computer servers infected with aggressive ransomware
  • County’s exchange server, as well as phone and internet services, were affected
  • IT working to isolate the affected server
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City of Logansville, Gwinnett County

Breach Type - Other

WSB-TV

  • Gwinnett county notifies public of breach
  • Breach possibly affects personal information of county residents
  • All city services still accessible
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City of Hinesville

Breach Type - Ransomware

Fox 28

  • IT outage shows true colors as ransomware attack
  • Email and telephone systems impacted
  • No personal information compromised during attack
  • Email restored & city working on preventative measures for future incidents
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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Breach Type - Ransomware

My Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • Malware brought down agency's websites – seeking to extort ransom
  • Department remained offline throughout attack
  • No intention to pay ransom
  • No indication private information at risk
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Medical

Navicent Health, Bibb County

Breach Type - Phishing, Data Breach

The Telegraph

  • This health-care provider fell victim to an attack focused on the email systems
  • Personal information of several patients has been deemed likely compromised
  • The hospital has worked with several different firms in an attempt to scope the scale of the attack
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EyeSouth Partners, Fulton County

Breach Type - Phishing, Data Breach

Data Breaches

  • Hacker had gained access to an employee’s account
  • Some patient’s information may have been exposed
  • EyeSouth is notifying potential victims of this incident and providing credit monitoring services
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Mind & Motion, Gwinnett County

Breach Type - Ransomware

Data Breaches

  • Server attacked with ransomware
  • Patient personal information potentially compromised
  • All office account passwords changed with rigorous security measures taken to prevent future attacks
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Georgia Spine & Orthopaedics of Atlanta, Fulton County

Breach Type - Phishing, Data Breach

Data Breaches

  • Phishing scam compromised Georgia Spine & Orthopaedic employee email account
  • Hackers potentially obtained private information of patients
  • A small number of Social Security numbers may be compromised
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Augusta University Health, Richmond Co.

Breach Type - Phishing, Data Breach

ajc

  • Employee email breach exposed sensitive and private data
  • 417,000 patients, students, & employees potentially affected
  • Augusta University Health worked to disable affected email accounts
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RiverMend Health

Breach Type - Hack

Data Breaches

  • 1,300 patient's data contained in employee's email account
  • Account compromised & manipulated to send suspicious emails
  • RiverMend found no evidence suggesting patient data was targeted
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Peachtree Neurological Clinic

Breach Type - Ransomware

Peachtree Neurological Clinic

  • Electronic medical records held captive by hackers
  • Peachtree did not pay ransom, recovered files through backups
  • Investigation shows no data exfiltrated through system
  • Situation did not impair ability of Peachtree to care for its patients
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Peachtree Neurological Clinic

Breach Type - Data Breach

Beckers Hospital Review

  • While investigating a separate ransomware attack: Peachtree discovered 15-month breach
  • Breach took place between Feb. 2016 & May 2017
  • Not able to confirm if patient data has been misused
  • Notified all potentially affected individuals
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GA Vascular Surgical Associates

Breach Type - Hack

Data Breaches

  • Computer server hacked through compromised vendor password
  • Allowed hackers access to server for several months
  • Remains unclear if patients' personal data was misused
  • Secured server to ensure that this type of attack no longer continues
  • Notified FBI and Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights
  • Letters sent to potentially affected individuals
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Alpharetta Dentist's Office

Breach Type - Ransomware

WSBTV

  • Employee opens spam email leading to ransomware virus
  • All patients' data stored in off-site cloud server remaining unaffected by hackers
  • Officials believe attack was random
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Education

Thomas County School District, Thomas County

Breach Type - Hacking, Other

Data Breaches

  • The School district was made aware of a breach within their online banking systems
  • Hackers targeted the school district gaining access to employee banking information
  • No money was stolen due to safety protocols set in place within the bank
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Atlanta Public Schools

Breach Type - Phishing

AJC

  • Cyber thieves steal paychecks from 27 employees
  • Targeted payroll funds – taking $56, 459
  • Hackers changed direct deposit information of 7 more employees
  • District may not recover stolen money unless state investigators apprehend the hackers
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Georgia Tech

Breach Type - Ransomware

Georgia Tech News

  • Employee conducted research on website which contained malicious ransomware
  • Ransomware spread to Georgia Tech's network, allowing access to past & present employee data
  • Georgia Tech Cyber Security secured network and impacted systems
  • Human Resources notified potentially affected individuals of incident
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Augusta University

Breach Type - Phishing

WFXG

  • Phishing scheme hits employees containing personal health information of patients
  • Less than one percent of patients affected by the breach
  • Augusta University notified potentially affected patients
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Georgia Tech

Breach Type - Phishing/Ransomware

Georgia Tech News Center

  • Phishing emails circulated through Georgia Tech Community
  • Emails contained malicious attachment distributing ransomware
  • Those who open attachment advised to shut off infected devices and contact TSO help desk
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