If you thought the approximately $50,000 ransomware authors demanded from the city of Atlanta to unlock encrypted systems was a large sum, this next figure will make your head spin. On April 12, WSB-TV news in Atlanta aired a story about how the city signed eight emergency IT contracts within days of the ransomware attack.
The total bill from these service providers totaled $2.7 million dollars. The reason for the huge price tag? Atlanta was not able to bounce back quickly from the attack, which according to researchers, reveals much larger systemic problems.