City officials hold news conference on ransomware issues affecting Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

It was ransomware, however, no one will confirm whether a ransom email exists

City officials hold news conference on ransomeware issues affecting Cleveland Hopkins Airport

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The FBI has confirmed there is an ongoing investigation at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

While the FBI said it is ransomware, no one with the city or law enforcement will confirm whether a ransom demand had been made.

“There were no safety issues,” Bryan Smith, FBI Special Agent in Charge, said. “The general public was never at risk.”

On April 25, Cleveland officials from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s Office reported no hacking and no ransom demands.

Valarie McCall,. Chief of Communications with the city, told reporters at a press conference that there was never any intention to deceive the media.

“The city of Cleveland has not received any demand for ransom,” McCall said.

The FBI said they will not comment on whether a ransom email was received.

“The good thing is our systems are back in place,” McCall told reporters.

Cleveland officials say no hacking, no ransom at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

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Initially the email system went down, and it affected the message boards for travelers.

Flights were not affected by the situation, but it did raise concern for some.

On Monday morning, airport officials say all systems are back up and running as usual, aside from some email accounts.

McCall said they are still working on getting them back online.

According to Agent Smith, the FBI is continuing to investigate who may have sent the ransomware.

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