Newark City Hall Held Hostage – $30K Ransom Demanded

Ransomware Strikes Again…

This time, it was the City Hall in Newark, New Jersey.  The attack reportedly began on Friday, April 21st, and continued to spread over the weekend.  According to KnowBe4, Seth Wainer, Chief Information Officer for the City of Newark, reported,

“The virus compromised our network and disrupted many services that we offer.  Some of our digital services are unavailable. We understand this causes an extreme disruption to residents who have come to depend on regular services – and we apologize.”

Wainer also reported city officials are working closely with the federal government to address this cyber attack; as well as do what they can to avoid another issue such as this in the future.

Other Ransomware Attacks

To see a full list of ransomware attacks that have taken place in 2017, you can click here. We have also created a ransomware map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.

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