Government Servers in Savannah, Georgia Hit by Malware Attack

Officials in Savannah, Ga., are taking extra precautions to protect employees’ email accounts and government computer servers as Savannah City Hall recovers from a malware virus attack.

Local officials said in a news release Feb. 17 that city staff workers were unable to receive email attachments to help thwart further attack attempts. It’s suspected the malware virus that infected city computers early in the month was caused by an email phishing scheme.

City Hall says its information technology staffers were able to halt communications between city servers to limit the spread of the virus.

City officials said some services were interrupted by the attack, but it appears no city data was compromised. Savannah IT workers launched a plan to examine every individual city computer to eliminate the virus.

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