Google Regrants Access to Baltimore Workers’ Temporary Gmail Accounts Shut Off during Ransomware Recovery

After Gmail accounts being used by city officials following this month’s cyber attack were shut down Thursday, Google has restored access.

As reported by the Baltimore Sun, city officials resorted to using the Gmail accounts because they lack access to email while many IT systems are shut down. But Google shut off access to the email addresses on Thursday morning, citing that the large amount of new accounts meant the city would need to pay for an “organizations” account instead of accessing the free individual accounts.

So, city workers seeking to recover from the attack and continue working once again lost access to email. And on top of that, it appeared that they wanted payment to regain access. Of course, a demand for payment is part of how all of this started when the city was hit with a ransomware attack on May 7.


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