Ransomware Takes Down Alabama City Computers

Alabama City Falls Victim

An unknown ransomware variant attacked an Alabama city, taking their operations offline.  The City of Leeds systems were riddled with ransomware over a week ago.  Computers within the fire and police departments were impacted.  Although, officials stated emergency response was not impacted.

The city was demanded to make a payment of $12,000.  After negotiating, the city agreed to pay the hackers $8,000 to unlock the files.  According to WBRC News 6, the payment will come from insurance funds.

PC Matic never encourages victims to pay the ransom, for the following reasons:

  • There is no guarantee you’ll get your files back
  • You’re likely to become another target
  • If you pay once, you’ll likely pay again
  • Payments encourage the hackers to keep attacking people

Other Ransomware Attacks

For a list of ransomware attacks that have already taken place in 2018, you may click here. We have also created a map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.

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