Baltimore ransomware attack cripples public services

The city of Baltimore has been locked out of its online services for more than two weeks after thousands of government computers were infected with ransomware.

The hack, which was first discovered on 7 May, has shut down a number of government services, including those for paying tax, parking tickets and water bills, and has prevented employees from sending or receiving emails. The perpetrators, who have yet to be identified, have demanded a ransom payment in the form of bitcoin, however, the city’s government has so far refused to comply.

According to US media reports, the hackers used ransomware called RobinHood, malware that makes it impossible to access server data without a digital key – a key only the hackers have.

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