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Baltimore City computers attacked with ransomware

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Posted at 2:52 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 15:31:15-04

BALTIMORE — A ransomware attack has struck the City of Baltimore’s computer network, Council President Brandon Scott announced on Twitter.

Police, fire, EMS, and 311 services are still operation, Scott said. The city is trying to learn the source and full scope of the attack.

“As of now we have no proof that any personal data has left the system,” Scott’s statement said. “As a measure of caution, the majority of city servers have been shut down. Updates will be provided as information is available.”

Mayor Jack Young reiterated Scott’s comments on Twitter, attempting to assure city residents that essential city services are not in jeopardy, and that personal data has not yet been exposed.

As a result of the network issues, the Director of Baltimore City Public Works said late water bill fees in the city and the county have been suspended. DPW said on Twitter that the attack has caused outages for their customer service phone lines, so the agency is unable to take calls to discuss billing issues.

"Employees of the City's Finance Department are out front of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building telling people that, due to the network outage, they can't conduct business or pay bills today with cash," DPW said on Twitter. "Check and money orders only."

This story is developing and will be updated.