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CryptoLocker: US Police Department Pays $750 Bitcoin Ransom to Cybercriminals
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:14:56 +0000 (UTC)


November 21, 2013

A computer in the police department of Swansea, Massachusetts was hit by the CryptoLocker ransomware on 6 November.

CryptoLocker is a particularly pernicious piece of malware that is typically spread as a malicious attachment in emails which look to come from financial institutions or postal services.

The malware infected the computer in the Swansea police department and encrypted files on the PC's hard drive including "images and word documents" which could include police reports and arrest photos of suspects.

The police department clearly had no backup system in place as it paid the ransom of two bitcoins, despite FBI guidance not to pay the cyber-criminals behind the attack. At the time two bitcoins were worth $750 but if the police had to pay up today, the price would be $1,300 as bitcoin's vlaue has risen considerably in recent weeks.


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