The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are investigating Thursday’s cyberattack on the City of Atlanta’s computer systems, with hackers demanding $51,000 in cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

According to 11 Alive, some of the city’s personal and financial data has been encrypted by the hackers and won’t be unlocked unless the ransom is paid. The city has not announced if it plans to pay the ransom.

According to a report this morning by the AJC, city employees have been instructed not to turn on or attempt to log into their work computers. While not directly affected by the cyberattack, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport took wi-fi offline as a precaution measure.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said employees or anyone who has done business with the city is potentially at risk, and advised businesses and consumers to monitor their bank accounts. “If your personal information is housed by the City of Atlanta for paying bills or other transaction, we ask that you be vigilant and check your bank accounts and monitor your credit,” she said.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.