8 days after cyberattack, Baltimore’s network still hobbled
More than a week after a cyberattack hobbled the Baltimore government’s computer network, city officials say they can’t predict when its overall system will be up and running.
Baltimore rushed to take down most computer servers on May 7 after its network was hit by ransomware. Functions like 911 and EMS dispatch systems weren’t affected, but after eight days, online payments and email are still down. No property transactions have been conducted, exasperating home sellers and real estate professionals.
Citing an ongoing criminal investigation, Baltimore’s information technology boss Frank Johnson and other city leaders continued Wednesday to give only broad outlines of the attack and the network’s ongoing issues.
The FBI’s cyber squad agents have been helping city employees try to determine the source and extent of the latest attack.