Hackers have shut down key computer systems in the US city of Atlanta, Georgia and are demanding $51,000 in Bitcoin to re-enable the affected systems, Fortune reports today, March 23
Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms declared the assault in a question and answer session on Thursday, March 22. She told individuals from the press that authorities “don’t have the foggiest idea about the degree [of the attack] or if anybody’s close to home information or financial balances will be traded off. Every one of us is liable for this assault.”
The assault was first found at 5 a.m. on March 22. The City of Atlanta noticed that the “blackouts” were influencing frameworks a few clients use to pay bills and access court-related data.
City authorities are purportedly working with the FBI, the US Department of Homeland Security and Microsoft to discover the degree of the rupture and how to determine it. On March 23, city authorities urged residents to screen their own data and records in the event that they trust their own data could be traded off in the hack.
As of press time, the circumstance is yet to be settled. Bitcoin is at present exchanging at a normal of $8,500, which implies the requested payoff would cost the city roughly 6 bitcoins.
This isn’t the main occasion of programmers holding city PC frameworks prisoner in return for cryptography money. In November 2017, a programmer assaulted the Sacramento Regional Transit framework for a payoff of 1 bitcoin, which at the season of the assault was worth about $8,000.
In a more malignant case of payment for Bitcoin, a bundle plane in Germany requested a €10 mln payment to be paid in Bitcoin in a message sent to a Potsdam Christmas showcase in December 2017. The bundle, which neglected to explode, contained a QR code for storing bitcoins, notwithstanding dangerous materials got from firecrackers and nails.