A bunch of cybercriminals calling themselves the “Shadow Kill Hackers” has reportedly attacked the Metropolis of Johannesburg (South Africa) administration web site — and is threatening to add the stolen information on the web except it receives a Bitcoin BTC ransom.
The hackers are requesting the town pays over $30,000 (four BTC) by October 28 at 5PM, studies Enterprise Day.
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Town tweeted that it had “detected a community breach which resulted in unauthorized entry to our data programs.”
“The incident is at the moment being investigated by Metropolis of Joburg [sic] cybersecurity specialists, who’ve taken speedy and acceptable motion to bolster safety measures to mitigate any potential impacts. Consequently a number of customer-facing programs — together with the town’s web site, e-services and billing programs — have been shut down as a precaution,” it provides.
It’s believed the assault came about within the early hours of October 25, when the criminals disabled the town’s web site and all associated on-line companies.
A number of metropolis workers mentioned they obtained a ransom notice saying: “All of your servers and information have been hacked. We’ve dozens of again doorways inside your metropolis. We’ve management of every part in your metropolis. We additionally compromised all passwords and delicate information equivalent to finance and private inhabitants data.”
The alleged hack coincided with a number of banks reporting web issues, that are considered associated to the assault.
Native safety specialists and police are working an investigation, nevertheless it’s value noting the assault comes amid a flurry of comparable incidents in different elements of the world.
In early September, a hacker held the pc programs of a southern Spanish metropolis, demanding a Bitcoin ransom to unlock them.
A few month later, a number of US hospitals opted for paying the requested ransom funds (doubtless in cryptocurrency) after being targetted with Ryuk ransomware.
Though it’s essential to bear in thoughts that specialists sometimes advise to not pay the ransom, that is unlikely to discourage criminals from attempting their luck.
Printed October 25, 2019 — 14:12 UTC