Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tewksbury police pay bitcoin ransom to hackers - Business - The Boston Globe

A multifaceted sign of the cyber-times
"“Your personal files are encrypted,” it read. “File decryption costs ~ $500.”

It continued: “If you really value your data, then we suggest you do not waste valuable time searching for other solutions because they do not exist.”

Tewksbury had joined the list of police departments victimized by “ransomware,” an insidious form of Internet crime that is crippling computers worldwide. [...] 
Moreover, in the Tewksbury case, hackers demanded that a bitcoin payment be sent through Tor, a technology that makes it very difficult to identify the physical location where the money is received."
Tewksbury police pay bitcoin ransom to hackers - Business - The Boston Globe
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