Investigation on Oakland’s ransomware attack continues

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Oakland is still investigating the ransomware attack that targeted the city last week. 

The city confirmed the attack last week in a post on its website. Important functions like 911 calls, financial data, and fire and emergency resources weren’t impacted. 

“As of today, the City continues to assess the impacts to its network systems in the aftermath of the ransomware attack that began on Wednesday February 8 during the night, and impacted our systems during the early morning hours of Thursday, February 9,” the city said in one tweet.

“911 dispatch, fire emergency services, & the City’s financial systems are not impact,” the city also tweeted. “However, because we took the network offline to contain the attack, many systems are impacted & remain down as Departments develop plans to continue providing services safely to the public.”

According to the city, its Information Technology department is working with a forensics firm to perform an incident response and analysis. 

The investigation is ongoing with “multiple local, state, and federal agencies involved,” the city tweeted. “We appreciate our community’s patience while departments work to restore services.”


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.