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Weeks after being attacked by ransomware, Baltimore government services remain offline

Weeks after being attacked by ransomware, Baltimore government services remain offline

Government services in Baltimore, Mass. remain crippled by ransomware over two weeks after it the city was first attacked.

Government services in Baltimore, Mass. remain crippled by ransomware over two weeks after it the city was first attacked.

The attack involved Robbinhood ransomware with the infection spreading throughout the city’s network disabling systems ranging from payment services through to police, the Department of Transport and CCTV networks. The ransomware is estimated to have taken offline over 10,000 government computers.

Those behind the ransomware attack are demanding a payment of 13 bitcoins, worth just shy of $100,000 for a decryption key. In a twist, suggesting that the attack was targeted versus simply being a random infectn, the hackers are also saying that they will start deleting the ransomed files on the city’s network if the ransom wasn’t paid.

Despite the inconvenience to residents, the city is refusing to pay the ransom while at the same time struggling to restore systems.

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