ATLANTA - The Atlanta City Council President Thursday ordered a review of the Atlanta City Council database to determine exactly how hackers got in. Hackers continue to hold the city data hostage and demand a ransom to get it back.
Last week, members of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s team informed Atlanta City Council members "a high likelihood that the incursion came through the City Council side of the building, through some software used by the Atlanta City Council called the Legislative Management System."
The president of council and members have been told that.
Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore said there has been no definitive word that the databases that citizens see working when regular meetings are held is the actual source where the hackers got in. Moore is asking questions about it.
“When I first heard of it, I have been doing my due diligence to ask our staff to give me any information that may be even remotely related to that. But in terms of a determination, no one has given me any firm determination,” said Moore. “Well, there are some offices that are operating. There are some that are not, and that's across the city.”
The company involved with the software, it's called Accela. FOX 5 News has obtained some communications between city officials and that company, in which early February there was a report of an urgent security incident in which they detected perhaps some company familiar with malware or using malware had gotten into or attempted to get into the city council computers.
That's among the information Felicia Moore has in these emails and that's part of her review.
FOX 5’s Morse Diggs spoke with an executive with the company, Jonathan Knight, who said he was unaware of those communications but the company is cooperating fully with the city and any law enforcement that wants to talk with them