Riviera Beach To Pay $600,000 In Bitcoin As Ransom After A City-wide Network Attack

Jun 24,2019 at 05:55 am



Cyber attackers successfully launched an attack on a small city in Florida, Riviera Beach. Reports show that the city is paying the ransom demanded by these cyber attackers. It is uncertain at this point that the cyber attackers will honor their words and return control back to the city.


The city authorities have probably weighed different options and believed paying the said ransom would be much cheaper than finding alternative means to restore the city’s system back to normal.


Reports disclose the cause of the attack to be a malicious email which was sent to the city’s police department. On opening, the cyber attackers were able to take control of the city system.


It is uncertain what the content of the mail was, but the mail must have contained malicious executable programs which run in the background, giving access to the attackers. Ever since the attackers have been in control of the police departments files, they were able to also gain control over the city’s email service.


Since, the cyber attackers have been in control, causing certain discomforts to the city’s operations.


The attackers are thereby asking for a ransom of $600,000 paid in Bitcoin before giving back control to the city authorities.


Things Have Remained Unchanged Despite Attack


Despite all these, not much has changed to hinder the police department from carrying out their duties in the city.


The rest of the city as well are facing various challenges which they are able to find alternative means to.


Local reports confirm that the city is forced to pay their employees and contractors by cheque, in place of its normal routine of making direct deposits.

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