Author Topic: Hackers have been holding the city of Baltimore’s computers hostage for 2 weeks  (Read 307 times)


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Nasty RSA4096 encryption. I've helped a couple of local companies with lesser attacks but i don't know of any decrypt tools for this one specifically.
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I hope Baltimore backed up their data.

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2nd Florida city pays hackers, as 3rd city faces breach
https://www.macon.com/news/business/technology/article231990407.html

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I was thinking that was a pretty bad precedent to set. This is going to get ugly.

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>precedent

Prior to this, my feeds have turned up a few small cities being ransomed.  So this definitely looks like a trend.

I'm not sure if Greenville NC eventually paid the ransom:

City of Greenville bouncing back from ransomware attack
https://www.wnct.com/news/local-news/city-of-greenville-bouncing-back-from-ransomware-attack/1957044760

IMO, small cities are a perfect target.  Their IT tends to be 10-15yrs behind the times and their IT security is worse.  System management is handed down to the next bureaucrat who takes the job. They learn to run the system but don't know or understand the databases & files.  And city council doesn't want to pay for anything.