4 bitcoins? Who are these attackers working for? Dr Evil?
On a side note they should have gone for Nigeria, their royalty is wadded.
Several hours past the payment deadline, Johannesburg has vowed not to give in to criminal hackers who demanded £29,000 (4 bitcoins) not to publish its data, four days after the South African city shut down its public sector networks in response to the breach. Several "customer facing systems – including the city's website, e- …
I won't be surprised if they had hidden either a logic bomb or some nasty payload in the system somewhere, set to trigger at a random date (or when Malema farts) and start encrypting *.* everywhere.
We don't live in Joburg, but we do keep records of our payments made to the municipality for a longish while, so if the popo should hit the fan, we will have a record of payments made.
"Back in July, Joburg electricity company City Power was infected with ransomware that prevented pre-paid meter customers from topping up online, potentially leaving locals in the dark."
To be fair, I don't think the residents of Joburg would notice they were being left in the dark, given the amount of load shedding they're subjected to on a nightly basis, thankfully they're all expert level Braaiers! (Braai = BBQ on Steroids, no flesh was charred in the preparing of their food)
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