Ransomware attack: Florida city pays $600,000 to hackers who took its computer system – CBS News

Ransomware attacks on the rise in U.S.

Fort Lauderdale Fla.— A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the most current in thousands of attacks around the world focused on extorting loan from governments and organisations.

The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously today to pay the hackers’ demands, believing the Palm Beach suburb had no choice if it desired to obtain its records, which the hackers encrypted. The council already voted to invest nearly $1 million on new computer systems and hardware after hackers recorded the city’s system three weeks earlier.

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The hackers obviously entered into the city’s system when a worker clicked on an e-mail link that enabled them to submit malware. The city had many issues, consisting of losing its email system and 911 dispatchers not being able to get in calls into the computer.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting both people and organizations. In 2018, the huge “SamSam” infection interrupted the flight information system, baggage display screens and email at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, while another attack crippled computer systems at the Port of San Diego.

Local government in Atlanta, Newark, N.J., and Sarasota, Fla., also have actually been struck by ransomware schemes. And hackers have actually taken the information systems of dozens of U.S. healthcare facilities hostage

” Ransomware is commonly provided through phishing emails or through ‘drive-by downloads,'” according to Homeland Security. “Phishing e-mails typically appear as though they have been sent out from a genuine organization or someone understood to the victim and entice the user to click on a harmful link or open a malicious accessory.”

The FBI, Homeland Security and U.S. Secret Service are examining the Florida attack, according to The Palm Beach Post

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