City of Oakland systems offline after ransomware attack


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The City of Oakland was hit by a ransomware attack on Wednesday night that forced it to take all systems offline until the network is secured and affected services are brought back online.

The attack has not affected core services, with the City saying that 911 dispatch and fire and emergency resources are all working as expected.

The City's Information Technology Department (ITD) is coordinating with law enforcement to investigate the attack and working on securing and restoring impacted services.

"The Information Technology Department is coordinating with law enforcement and actively investigating the scope and severity of the issue," the City said in a statement issued on Friday.

"Our core functions are intact. 911, financial data, and fire and emergency resources are not impacted."

The City is also developing a response plan to address the issue according to industry best practices and will share more information as soon as it's available.

"In the meantime, the public should expect delays from the City as a result. We are actively monitoring the situation and sending updated information as it becomes available," the statement also reads.

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