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We’re less than seventy days after the on-going cyberattack in Atlanta began, and city officials say the crisis finally appears to be pretty much over.

Most of the city’s online network is back up and running, with the exception of city courts and this could be fixed as early as next week.

“The goal with me and the team was how to protect the city, how to get back on our feet,” said Richard Cox.

COO Richard Cox was on the job for four days when news broke that the city of Atlanta was under a cyberattack.

“Initially, it was 24 hours a day, we literally had teams staying here for 20 to 24 hours in some cases. I’ll tell you what, personally, I got to know the town hall very early on and it was because we had to stick around the clock, ”Cox said.

After being held hostage for two months by ransomware hackers, almost all of Atlanta’s customer service portals have now been restored.

“Expectations were set from the start that this is a long term process and we are seeing this to be true; however, I’m really happy to say that except for the courts, all client applications are now in place and we expect the courts to be open over the next week, ”Cox said.

The city has set aside nearly $ 5 million in emergency funding to fix the vulnerabilities that led to the hack.

“The city of Atlanta is in the best defensive posture we’ve ever been in and I say defensive because what I’ve learned is that you can’t totally secure a network but you can do a really good work to defend it, we’ve learned that municipalities and organizations are regularly attacked, so we never claim victory, but we feel really good about our progress, ”Cox said.

And so far, there is no evidence that anyone’s personal information has been compromised.

“At this point there is no indication that we have lost any data, but the investigation is continuing. I would say we are cautiously optimistic, but as the mayor said at the start, we are handling this very cautiously so to make sure that our employees, our citizens, are doing everything we can to be diligent to protect our personal information, ”Cox said.

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