Ransomware attack on Akron, Ohio takes down 311 service amid major snowstorm

StateScoop: Officials are investigating a ransomware attack that caused Akron, Ohio, to take down several city services, including its 311 public-information hotline and credit-card payments at numerous municipal agencies.

The attack was detected Jan. 22 when workers in the city’s information technology office “became aware of suspicious activity on the city’s network,” an Akron press release reads. The IT agency notified Akron police and began taking some systems offline.

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