Pensacola Cyber Attack After NAS Shooting
A Pensacola cyber attack struck city hall hours after the shooting that claimed the lives of 3 sailors on Friday. Their 911 system stayed operational, but other city functions went down. They are continuing to restore those systems. It is unclear at this time whether the cyber attack and terrorist shooting are related. But logically, it very well could be.
The City of Pensacola posted:
UPDATE: Please note that the city remains operational despite the cyber incident. We will continue to provide services as we are able to, and we want to emphasize that 911 is NOT impacted.
Original post: The City of Pensacola has experienced a cyber incident, and we have disconnected much of our city network until the issue can be resolved. Our IT Department is working diligently to resolve the issue. In the meantime, some city services have been impacted, including:
– City emails and some city phones
– 311 customer service (311 is able to receive calls, but may not be able to immediately respond to service requests)
– Online payments including Pensacola Energy and City of Pensacola Sanitation Services
*911 and emergency services are NOT impacted and continue to operate*
*Online permitting is still available at mygovernmentonline.org*
Please be patient with us as we work to restore all services.
The City of Pensacola has notified the FBI of a potential cyber related incident. We are providing resources to assist. No additional information is available at this time.
— FBI Jacksonville (@FBIJacksonville) December 9, 2019
Their communication systems, including phone and email, were hit by the cyber attack, although the 911 and dispatch systems were not affected. Billing, sanitation, and energy systems were also hit. The city is investigating whether any data was lost in the attack. They did not comment on whether there was any ransom demand.
“We are at this point going in two different directions. We’re working it from a legal standpoint, trying to work it forensically that way, trying to figure out who this was. And two, where do we go from here in putting our system back together.” Mayor Grover Robinson to NBC.
Featured photo: Pensacola city hall via Pensacola city website