Atlanta court dates to be rescheduled in wake of computer hack

The City of Atlanta announced that all scheduled municipal court appearances for today will be rescheduled.

Officials said reset notices will be mailed and that recipients should check tickets to verify the mailing address is correct to ensure they receive the reset  notice in the mail.

On Tuesday, city officials told employees that they could begin turning on their computers for the first time since last week’s cyber attack.

Some city departments had been forced to revert to working on paper after someone breached the city’s computer network, encrypted data and demanded $51,000 in return for unlocking it.

The city’s Department of Atlanta Information Management at 5:40 a.m. on March 22 learned of outages of various internal and customer applications “including some applications customers use to pay bills or access court related information,” according to a statement from Richard Cox, the city’s interim Chief of Operations.

The public safety department, water services and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport operated without incident, Cox said. However, the airport has turned off its wifi following the hack.