On 22nd March, a cyber-attack was discovered in the US city of Atlanta. In the attack, hackers shut down the main computer systems and demanded $51,000 in Bitcoin for re-enabling the affected systems. It was noted that this disruption was affecting systems through which some consumers used to pay bills and access information related to court. Computer hacking isn’t something new to hackers as cryptocurrency related hack has been attempted by them many times before.
According to some reports, the officials of the city are working with the US Department of Homeland Security FBI, and Microsoft to discover the extent of this violation and to find ways to resolve it. City officials invigorated citizens on 23rd March, in order to check their personal accounts and information, if any of them think that their personal information could be conceded in the hack.
Public Announcement of The Attack
The attack was announced by the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, in a press conference on 22nd March. The members of the press were told by her that the officials still don’t have any idea about the extent of the attack or if bank accounts or personal data of anyone will be compromised as she stated:
“All of us are subject to this attack.”
Is there anything done to resolve the situation?
However, the situation still needs to be resolved. The price of Bitcoin is trading at $8,469 at this very moment, which shows that the demanded ransom is going to cost the city around 6 bitcoins as this is not the very first attempt of hackers to hold municipal computer systems as a hostage in exchange for the cryptocurrencies.
Former Attacks Linked to Bitcoin
Back in November 2017, Sacramento Regional Transit system was attacked by a hacker for a ransom of 1 bitcoin demand, and bitcoin had the worth of $8,000 at that time. Another malicious example of ransom for Bitcoin is from December 2017, when a parcel bomber in Germany demanded a €10 million ransom to be paid in the form of Bitcoin as he sent this in a message to a Potsdam Christmas market. However, the package failed to explode and had a QR-code for depositing bitcoins, as well as explosive material that was derived from nails and fireworks.