City of Tulsa online services disrupted by ransomware incident



The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, suffered a ransomware attack that forced the city to shut down its systems to prevent the spread of malware.

Tulsa is Oklahoma’s second largest city, with a population of approximately 400,000 people.

Over the weekend, malicious actors deployed a ransomware attack on the city of Tulsa network that resulted in the city shutting down all of its systems and disrupting online services.

“We identified malware on our servers and as soon as we did, out of caution, we shut down all of our systems.” The mayor of Tulsa, GT Bynum, told local media KRMG in an interview.

Bynum says the employees are back to work and the incident did not affect 911 services or the emergency response.

However, shutting down City systems prevents residents from accessing online bill payment systems, utility billing, and email services. The Tulsa City, Tulsa City Council, Tulsa Police, and Tulsa 311 websites are also down for maintenance.

The City’s telephone systems are operational and anyone who needs to do business with the City can do so over the phone.

In a Facebook post, the City says customer information has not been compromised. Since most ransomware operations steal data before deploying their ransomware, a certain amount of files have been stolen.

“The City of Tulsa is having technical difficulties on many outward-facing programs that help serve the citizens of Tulsa due to a ransomware attack. No customer information has been included, but residents will not be able to access the city’s websites and there will be delays in network services, ”said a post on the Tulsa Police Department’s Facebook page.

Ransomware has become a bane to American interests, with new attacks leaking daily and victims paying ransoms of millions of dollars.

To help tackle the growing threat of ransomware, a Ransomware Task Force has been established to analyze the problem and offer recommended solutions to lawmakers.

These solutions range from mandatory disclosure of ransom payments to an internationally coordinated effort to help organizations prevent and respond to ransomware attacks.

Attacks on critical infrastructure have also become a major concern in light of last week’s cyberattack on America’s largest fuel pipeline by ransomware gang DarkSide.


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