Recently, cyberattacks on cities and towns around the world, including the United States, have suddenly increased sharply, and the most recently hit area is Pensacola, Florida. Large-scale cyber attacks have paralyzed several urban services in Pensacola, Florida, including city telephones, email, 311 customer service hotline, online payment services, Pensacola Health Services, and Pensacola Energy. City officials are not sure if the incident was related to the shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station on December 6. The mayor of the city, Grover Robinson, said that the day after a Saudi soldier shot at a US naval base in the city, the city suffered a cyber attack.
On December 6, 2019, a shooting incident at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, killed 4 people, including 8 gunmen, and injured them. The gunman is a Saudi soldier trained at the base, Muhammad Said Shamlani. US authorities are investigating. Whether this matter is related to terrorism is unknown at this time.
A spokesman said that any conclusions on the matter were premature, as Florida law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are still evaluating the incident. Pensacola City has notified the FBI of potential cyber-related incidents and is still investigating.
The cyberattack was reportedly discovered at 1:30 am on December 7. It is unclear what the specifics of the cyber attack were, the specific scope of its impact, and whether the attackers asked for ransom. However, what needs attention is that the recent frequent ransomware and DDoS attacks have severely damaged the global network infrastructure. As for the cyber attack on Pensacola, investigators are trying to find out if there has been a data breach.