Small Canadian town pays hackers in Bitcoin for ransomware attack

17 Sep, 2018
by Fifi Arisandi
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Small Canadian town pays hackers in Bitcoin for ransomware attack

A ransomware attack has just experienced by a small town in Canada, to which the local government decided to pay the requested amount in Bitcoin. 

A small town in Canada received was hit by a ransomware attack days ago to which the local government decided to pay the attackers. During the attack, the computer systems in Midland town were shut down for 48 hours, which made services, such as email marriage applications, payment processing, permit issuing, and reloading of transit cards completely disabled. 

In their official announcement, the town explained how a malware managed to "illegally accessed and infected" the town's network and encrypted several systems, thus making them "unusable".

Part of the recovery efforts was working with cyber security experts to restore access to the systems and files and initiating the ransom payment process in order to get the decryption keys, although the amount is not disclosed. 

The local government admitted that their decision to pay the ransomware was not "ideal", however, they emphasized that the best interest would be to bring the system back as soon as possible. Fortunately, the town had secured an insurance policy to cover such incidents. 

They also ensured that no privacy breaches in the incidents based on their investigation where no evidence of inappropriate access to and removal of information were found. 

Ransomware has become more prevalent these days with the hype of cryptocurrency. According to a recent report by Chepicap, millions of computers worldwide are still vulnerable to WannaMine malware, which is of similar code to WannaCry ransomware. 

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