2 Key Things Cities Should Know About the Baltimore Ransomware Attack

Is your city vulnerable? Here's two key things to know about the Baltimore ransomware attack.


Two years after WannaCry ransomware raced through 150 countries, hitting governments including Cook County, ransomware viruses continue to attack government operations. Baltimore has recently had to revert to manual operations after 10,000 city computers were affected by a recent RobinHood ransomware variant attack.

Here's two things every city should know about the Baltimore ransomware attack.

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Baltimore residents are unable to access digital services, like online payment of water bills, property taxes and more. The fix is expected to take weeks.

A 2018 attack infiltrated the city’s computer-aided dispatch, or CAD, system for 911 and 311 calls, shutting down public safety dispatch temporarily, according to the Baltimore Sun. The RobinHood ransomware virus attack has not affected the city's 911 operations this year, but affects public safety in other ways. For example, the public health department uses the Bad Batch app to alert individuals and help reduce opioid deaths, and that's offline due to the attack.

The fallout in Baltimore includes real estate transactions and city services, like water utilities:

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