On Monday, Riviera Beach City Council, Florida, USA voted to pay a $ 600,000 ransom to Bitcoin for hackers who control the computer system. to recover important data that has been intervened.
This fact shows that many cities in the US, a world leader in technology, have not yet been prepared to deal with cyber attacks.
The attack on the city of Riviera Beach began when a local Police Department employee accidentally opened an email with an infected attachment from May 29. Soon after, this malware quickly spread throughout the city’s computer systems. The entire email system, even the 911 dispatching system, is affected.
The hackers then requested a ransom worth $ 600,000, paid in bitcoin. But the important thing is that there is no guarantee that after receiving the money they will comply with the agreement.
Before accepting the ransom, the Riviera Beach city council spent $ 1 million on new computers.
Currently, the city council is working with law enforcement and security consulting companies to find ways to restore the system.
Riviera Beach is not the only US city ever threatened by a cyberattack. In early May, the city of Baltimore also fell victim to cyber attacks. The entire infrastructure of the city’s email and water payment systems has been frozen. The hackers demanded a ransom worth $ 100,000 for Baltimore, but city officials refused.
As of June 12, 30% of city officials still have no access to email. In the coming months, many city services will not be fully functional. According to estimates, the city of Baltimore lost more than $ 18 million after the attack.
Many other US cities, such as Atlanta, Albany in New York, San Diego in California, Sarasota in Florida, and Los Angeles Hospital, have faced similar attacks.
Federal and private government security experts have repeatedly issued warnings that the cyber-defense defenses of many of America’s public infrastructure are open to hackers. Unfortunately, many organizations are still slow in strengthening their defenses.