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Tech & Science Google reportedly shuts out Baltimore officials using Gmail after ransomware attack

00:50  24 may  2019
00:50  24 may  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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According to The Baltimore Sun, Google has blocked officials in the city from using Gmail On May 7th, a ransomware attack froze government systems, including email, and demanded the city While officials deal with the problem, which could still take months to fix, some have reportedly signed up

By CCN: The city of Baltimore has suffered a blow in its bid to keep operations running amidst a bitcoin ransom attack that has crippled critical services. Per The Baltimore Sun, city officials had created Gmail accounts in the wake of ransomware attackers demanding 0,000 in Bitcoin. This was after .

Google reportedly shuts out Baltimore officials using Gmail after ransomware attack© Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

The Baltimore city government is recovering from a devastating ransomware attack that has locked up its systems, but officials in the city have a new problem. According to The Baltimore Sun, Google has blocked city departmenmts from using Gmail accounts created as a workaround.

Google reportedly shuts out Baltimore officials using Gmail after ransomware attack
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Ransomware attack hit May 7th

On May 7th, a ransomware attack froze government systems, including email, and demanded the city hand over bitcoin to reverse the hack. Weeks later, the city is still recovering from the attack, which has also shut down systems for paying water bills and some other services. While officials deal with the problem, which could still take months to fix, some have reportedly signed up for free Gmail accounts to keep operating.

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" Gmail accounts created by Baltimore officials as a workaround while the city recovers from the ransomware attack have been disabled because Google considers them In the meantime, many officials have been using Gmail accounts along to communicate. Ransomware --> heroin overdoses.

In a new development, Google disabled officials ’ Gmail accounts being used as a turnaround. According to The Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore City government created Gmail accounts to work during the ransomware attack , as the city’s servers have been disrupted to the point their

But Gmail distinguishes between individual users and users in businesses and other organizations, requiring the latter to pay for the service. According to the Sun, Google has deemed the city officials to be part of an organization, and shut down the temporary accounts. Emails to the city health department, city council aides, and the mayor’s office have bounced, according to the report from the Sun.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Sun reports that officials in the Mayor’s Office discovered the issue today and are appealing the decision with Google.

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