Long Beach California Hit By Cyber Attack
FBI Has Been Notified
The City of Long Beach, home to approximately 460,000 people and the seventh most populous city in California, suffered a cyberattack on Tuesday, prompting authorities to shut down portions of its IT network to prevent the attack from spreading.
The incident, which occurred on November 14, was immediately reported to a cybersecurity firm for investigation, and the FBI has been notified, according to the City of Long Beach.
"As the City works to resolve this incident, the public may experience some delays with systems and services, and we appreciate the public's patience and understanding of these inconveniences," the City said in a statement on its website.
Out of caution, the City has taken systems offline, a move aimed at preventing further damage and the spread of the attack to other devices. It is expected that the systems will remain offline for several days.
While some of the City's online services will be unavailable over the weekend, emergency services will not be affected, ensuring public safety remains a top priority.
The nature of the cyberattack is still unclear, including whether any data has been stolen. However, experts suggest that it bears the hallmarks of a ransomware attack, a type of cyberattack that often involves data theft.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is typical as threat actors usually wait for a week or more after an incident to publicly begin extortion attempts.
Brett Callow, a threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, commented on the situation, saying, "It's concerning that Long Beach has fallen victim to a cyberattack. Ransomware attacks can be devastating, potentially leading to significant financial losses and reputational damage."
The City of Long Beach is working diligently to resolve the incident and restore its systems. In the meantime, city email and phone systems are expected to remain available, and City Hall and other public-facing facilities will be open as scheduled.
Updates regarding the current operations of specific digital services will be provided in the near future. The City urges the public to exercise patience and understanding as it addresses the situation.
Cyberattacks continue to pose a threat to governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide. It is crucial for organizations to invest in robust cybersecurity measures and stay vigilant against evolving threats.