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Cost for recovering from ransomware attack for Atlanta was $2.6M

Ransomware is a type of malicious software from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid.

After the SAMSAM ransomware attack in Atanata spent $2.6M for recovery. Attackers, who infected the city’s systems with the pernicious SamSam malware, asked for a ransom of roughly $50,000 worth of bitcoin.

The Atlanta Department of Procurement lists eight emergency contracts initiated between Match 22 and April 2 with a total value of $2,667,328. The bulk of the expenditures relate to incident response and digital forensics, extra staffing, and Microsoft Cloud infrastructure expertise, presumably all related to clawing back the systems that the hackers had frozen. The city also spent $50,000 on crisis communications services from the firm Edelman, and $600,000 on incident response consulting from Ernst & Young.

Ransomware attack has impacted huge revenue loss in all business sectors including Hospitals, Organisations, IT firms etc., Recovering from ransomware attack requires huge investment of money to maintain the current working stability.

There is another documents which shows how to be safe from Ransomware. You can check here.

Can you remove ransomware?

If you have the simplest kind of ransomware, such as a fake antivirus program or a bogus clean-up tool, you can usually remove it by following the steps in my previous malware removal guide. This procedure includes entering Windows’ Safe Mode and running an on-demand virus scanner such as Malwarebytes.


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