Hackers have decided to shut down major computer systems In Atlanta, Georgia and have been demanding to be paid a sum of $51,000 in Bitcoin for them to re-enable the systems which have been affected. This is according to fortune reports on March 23.
Keisha Lance Bottoms who is Atlanta’s Mayor made this announcement about the attack on Thursday in a press conference. Therefore, s informed the press embers that the officials don’t have information about the attack and if the individual’s personal data or rather bank information has been manipulated. Therefore, all the users of the computers were subject to the attack.
This attack was first known on March 22 at around 5 a.m. therefore; they discovered that there were outages which were affecting the major systems used in bills payment and also others used for access of court-related information.
The city officials have been, however, working with FBI, Microsoft and also the US department of homeland security to figure out the extent of the attack and hack and also to come up with a viable solution. Additionally, the city officials on March 23 urged all the citizens to monitor their accounts and also personal information if they think that their information and data may be compromised.
Currently, the situation has not yet been resolved. Bitcoin is in the meantime trading at the price average of $8,500. This means that the ransom would then cost them around 6 bitcoins.
However, this is not the first time something like this has happened where hackers hold municipal computer systems hostage for the cryptocurrency. In 2017 November, a hacker was involved in attacking the Sacramento regional Transit system for 1 bitcoin. At the time, Bitcoin was at $8,000.
In another malicious example of hackers demanding bitcoin for ransom, a parcel bomber in demand made demands of €10 million ransom to be given as Bitcoin. This was according to the message which was sent to the Potsdam Christmas market in 2017 December. The package e failed to detonate and had a QR code for deposit of Bitcoins. Additionally, explosive material was derived from nails and fireworks.