© 2024 WRVO Public Media
NPR News for Central New York
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Syracuse officials watching Atlanta ransomware attack closely

Timothy Vollmer

The city of Atlanta is starting to get some online services back upafter a massive cyberattack last week. It’s an attack that has the city of Syracuse paying close attention.

The ransomware attack on Atlanta’s computers isn’t the first time hackers have hobbled a municipal government, but it may be the biggest attack of its kind. It’s putting the spotlight on what kind of damage this digital extortion can do to a city government. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said the Atlanta situation brought more attention to an issue that the city takes seriously.

“We have had conversations with our IT department making sure we’re making everything we can to protect the users working for the city as well as all the information from the citizens that we have,” said Walsh. “So it’s an ongoing process and it’s something that we’re attuned to and focused on.”

Walsh said the city’s IT department had a message for city workers this week.

“Reminding them of the potential phishing scams, and reminding them of best practices,” said Walsh.

Walsh says cybersecurity is something that is an ongoing issue within the administration, noting the city is also taking care to protect information it has from citizens.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.