Mayor open to paying ransom in computer attack

Mayor open to paying ransom in computer attack
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The ransomware attack continues to plague Baltimore as the ransom deadline loomed Friday.

Mayor Jack Young said the city is working to resume services and cooperating with the FBI on their investigation.


Young told WJZ’s Mike Hellgren, the city is looking for some workarounds.


“We are looking at some workarounds to help the real estate industry,” Young said. “We have teams of lawyers and teams of experts who are familiar with this kind of thing that we’re facing in Baltimore and we’re hoping that we can have a fix for the real estate transactions but we have to make sure that it’s ok with the titling companies before we can move forward.”

It involves in-person visits to the Wolman building next to City Hall to process liens starting Monday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Right now, Baltimore’s email systems are still down, online payments remain down for water bills and traffic citations — but no late fees will be assessed. Although telephones work, voicemail does not. You can get permits in person or by phone. However, critical life and safety systems are operational.




•Baltimore’s email systems down•Online payment systems remain down for water bills & traffic citations but no late fees will be assessed•Critical life and safety systems are operational•Telephones work but not voicemail•Permits processed in person or by phone mayor paying ransom computer attack