Tag: Extortion and Blackmail

A City Paid a Hefty Ransom to Hackers. But Its Pains Are Far From Over.

LAKE CITY, Fla. — Audrey Sikes, city clerk of Lake City, Fla., has a thing for documents: She does not like losing them. It falls to Ms. Sikes, as official custodian of records for this city of 12,000 people about an hour west of Jacksonville, to maintain Lake City’s archives. She keeps a log of […]

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Another Hacked Florida City Pays a Ransom, This Time for $460,000

MIAMI — Even the phones went down in the government of Lake City, Fla., after hackers launched a cyberattack that disabled the city’s computer systems. For several days after computer systems were paralyzed by a ransomware attack, the staff of the small North Florida town worked with the F.B.I. and an outside security consultant to […]

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Hit by Ransomware Attack, Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

MIAMI — The leaders of Riviera Beach, Fla., looking weary, met quietly this week for an extraordinary vote to pay nearly $600,000 in ransom to hackers who paralyzed the city’s computer systems. Riviera Beach, a small city of about 35,000 people just north of West Palm Beach, became the latest government to be crippled by […]

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Nxivm Trial: Allison Mack Lured Woman Into Sex Cult, She Says

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The young actress from California was at a low point during her first winter after moving to New York City when Allison Mack invited her to join Nxivm, a purported self-help group near Albany. The woman, who was identified […]

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How a Secret U.S. Cyberweapon Backfired

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A criminal group has held computer systems for the city of Baltimore hostage for nearly a month — paralyzing everything from email to the real estate market to the payment of water bills. But what residents […]

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In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services. But here is what frustrated city employees and residents do not know: A key component of the malware that cybercriminals […]

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