May 22, 2019

Cybercriminals Are Holding an Entire US City Hostage

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The city of Baltimore is under attack, but not by someone armed with guns or bombs.

Two weeks ago, cybercriminals used ransomware known as RobinHood to seize control of about 10,000 of the city’s computers, saying they won’t relinquish access unless Baltimore hands over about $100,000 worth of bitcoin.

Baltimore is refusing the meet the ransom demand. However, it also isn’t equipped to crack the ransomware, meaning it’s been forced to go largely offline — another disturbing example of modern government’s inability to keep up with the evolving threat of cybercrime.

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