April 26, 2019
Ransomware News: Cleveland Airport Hit with Ransomware Attack
Hopkins International Airport was recently infected with ransomware which impacted various internal systems.
The attack didn't disrupt any flights and no core business systems were impacted, according to the official statement from the city. Initial reports stated that payroll were impacted, however, the city has denied these reports.
Cleveland and Hopkins Airport should consider themselves lucky compared to recent attacks on the city of Albany and Atlanta. Albany was hit with ransomware in early April, with a ransom demand of about $50,000. However. the Atlanta attack in 2018 netted millions in recovery costs due to the city's ill-prepared BCDR efforts.
As we found in Datto’s State of the Channel Ransomware Report, the initial ransom demand is not what breaks the bank. Instead, the aftermath and cost of downtime are the crippling factors. MSPs report the average requested a ransom for SMBs is ~$4,300 while the average cost of downtime related to a ransomware attack is ~$46,800.
To learn more about the current landscape of ransomware and how you can avoid falling victim, check out the full report today.