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ransomware  security 
10 days ago by egwillim
A city paid a hefty ransom to hackers, but its pains are far from over • The New York Times
Frances Robles:
<p>More than 100 years’ worth of municipal records, from ordinances to meeting minutes to resolutions and City Council agendas, have been locked in cyberspace for nearly a month, hijacked by unidentified hackers who encrypted [Florida's Lake City] city’s computer systems and demanded more than $460,000 in ransom.

Weeks after the city’s insurer paid the ransom, the phones are back on and email is once again working, but the city has still not recovered all of its files. There is a possibility that thousands of pages of documents that had been painstakingly digitized by Ms. Sikes and her team will have to be manually scanned, again.

Lake City’s troubles are hardly unique. In the past month alone, at least three Florida cities have been victims of ransomware attacks, after intrusions on larger cities such as Atlanta, Dallas and Baltimore.

What sets the latest cyberattacks apart is the stunning size of their ransom demands. Riviera Beach, Fla., last month agreed to pay more than $600,000, several times what was asked of Baltimore, which did not have insurance and did not pay. The Village of Key Biscayne, near Miami, has not publicly disclosed whether it plans to pay the perpetrators of a recent ransomware attack. Earlier this year Jackson County, Ga., paid $400,000.

Atlanta’s mayor testified last week to Congress that an attack last year, when the city refused to pay $51,000 in extortion demands, has so far cost the city $7.2m.</p>

After some years of random phishing, the criminals have figured out that cities have both the resources and the urgent need to pay a sizeable ransom.
ransomware  criminals  hacking 
11 days ago by charlesarthur
UK's largest police forensics lab paid ransom demand to recover locked data | ZDNet
Eurofins Scientific, the UK's largest police forensics lab contractor, admitted today to paying a ransom to cyber-criminals to regain access to files that had been encrypted by ransomware.

The size of the payment has not been disclosed but appears to have taken place last month, according to BBC sources.

The ransomware infection took place on June 2, last month. The Brussels-based company admitted to the incident in a press release published on the next day, calling the ransomware a "new version of malware."
ransomware  malware  forensics 
13 days ago by bwiese
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ransomware  from twitter
14 days ago by CamiloEL
Florida city to pay $600k ransom to hacker who seized computer systems weeks ago • CNN
Faith Karimi:
<p>A Florida city is paying $600,000 in Bitcoins to a hacker who took over local government computers after an employee clicked on a malicious email link three weeks ago.

Riviera Beach officials voted this week to pay 65 Bitcoins to the hacker who seized the city's computer systems, forcing the local police and fire departments to write down the hundreds of daily 911 calls on paper, CNN affiliate WPEC reported.

The 65 Bitcoins, which equals $600,000, will come from the city's insurance, officials said.
Once the payment is made, they hope to get access to data encrypted by the hacker. Even with the plans to pay the ransom, the city said, an investigation is under way.

Riviera Beach has a population of 35,000 and is about 80 miles from Miami.

Targeted ransomware attacks on local US government entities - cities, police stations and schools - are on the rise, costing millions as some pay off the perpetrators in an effort to untangle themselves and restore vital systems.

Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future found that at least 170 county, city or state government systems have been attacked since 2013, including at least 45 police and sheriff's offices.</p>

The fact that it's local government that's being targeted tells you something: they're easier targets than many and able to pay up better than others. And it's really noticed when the systems don't work; and they're accountable.
florida  ransomware 
28 days ago by charlesarthur
Hit by Ransomware Attack, Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000 - The New York Times
Riviera Beach, Fla., authorized its insurer to pay a Bitcoin ransom to hackers who have paralyzed the city’s computer systems for three weeks.
ransomware  hacking  miami 
28 days ago by zethraeus

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