Baltimore Held Hostage In 2nd Ransomware Attack

Baltimore officials have admitted that the city government once again has been victimized by ransomware -- the second such attack that Baltimore has faced in just over a year.

City computers were infected with the RobinHood ransomware virus, The Baltimore Sun reported. Hackers told city officials that they would unlock the computers in return for payment of three bitcoins per system, or 13 bitcoins for the entire system. Based on the current exchange rate the ransom added up to about US$17,600 per computer or $76,280 for the system.

The hackers gave officials four days to pay or the ransom price would increase. They threatened to render the systems' data irretrievable after 10 days. In addition, the hackers warned the city not to contact the FBI.

Bernard Young, Baltimore's new mayor, said on social media that the city's essential services were still running, and that there was no evidence that any personal information had been compromised, as of Tuesday afternoon.

"Baltimore City core essential services (police, fire, EMS and 311) are still operational, but it has been determined that the city's network has been infected with a ransomware virus," Mayor Young tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. "City employees are working diligently to determine the source and extent of the infection."

As a precaution, the city did shut down the majority of its servers, the mayor added.

Source : https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Baltimore-Held-Hostage-in-2nd-Ransomware-Attack-86010.html

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