US Village Paid Ransom to HackersAdded: Saturday, August 1st, 2015
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According to state auditors, a village of 8,000 in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 in 2014 to keep its computers running. The payments were demanded after several official-looking emails released malware throughout the village’s system.
The results of the audit of 100 municipal computer systems by the comptroller’s office in the past 3 years showed that this incident should warn others of the growing threat, which can infiltrate computers and make them inaccessible. Apparently, the largest problem for the village was its financial software, because the payroll and village accounting systems were locked up after the hack.
The problem is that other agencies across the US have also dealt with ransomware. For example, in Maine this year, one sheriff’s office machines were infected and held hostage until the agency paid a ransom of about $300. The Federal Bureau of Investigation helped track the payment to a Swiss bank account, but identities of the hackers were not revealed. Another case mentions suburban Chicago, where the village police paid a $500 ransom in Bitcoin (which is virtually untraceable) to also get their files unencrypted.
As for the latest case, the first email had an attachment, which, once opened, converted all data stored in the system into an unreadable encrypted format. Hackers demanded a $300 ransom payment and the village complied, entering the number of a prepaid credit card to a portal specified by the hackers to get the decryption keys. Another email led to more encryption and a $500 ransom payment a few months later.
Since then, the village officials have endorsed new security steps: they trained employees specifically on looking out for suspicious emails and cooperated with the auditors to identify various security gaps. Now they seem safe.
However, the comptroller’s office said that these incidents should be a warning to local government officials. Despite the fact that the dollar amounts were small and no important information was lost or leaked, they show how the lack of basic computer protection can potentially cost taxpayers and threaten the operations of municipalities. The security experts pointed at lack of a recovery plan for security incidents with backup data and staying current about ongoing threats.
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
|posted by (2015-08-03 01:51:53)|
|The internet was designed non securely for a purpose. This purpose was to spread bad things such as code, and others to be able to tap into that code so that they can use it for their advantage. Such agencies are NSA, their British Equivalents, and the rest of the world surveillance. They often share the data with each other and alphabet agencies. See snowden revelations, as well as past and present history..|
'Village' is correct...the USA is fast becoming a Third-World nation state, and as such, 'cities' are inhabited by mostly urban criminals, gangs and undesirables - more like 'wildlife preserves' than an actual city, so outlying areas can be considered 'villages'.
|Greenwich village lol,@1 the internet was created for a theatre of war not for use by billions of people the internet is only as secure as the systems run on it windoze being the most targeted and easily manipulated system with backdoors and a penchant for wanting to connect to everything and so a target if people are so complacent in their own security they do not take precautions this will happen to them,windoze has proprietary code that will allow access unhindered to those in the know as well as MS being able to access them anytime they wish as was the case when they accessed 3 million windoze computers and dropped an antivirus payload (supposedly) on them without any consent from the Users it did`nt stop the virus nor did it create a firebreak to stop other systems getting infected,it is called ethical hacking as described by Foundstone and since they own all the rights MS can do it anytime they wish as they own all rights to their O/S and no one can do anything about it no matter how much money they paid for their operating system.Dick Turpin did it with a mask,MS does it barefaced. (:^D)|
|posted by (2015-08-06 05:06:48)|
|how many readers did this artical inspire to do the same?||
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