The hacker group in their ransom note warned the government regarding the sensitive information in their possession, claiming that if their demands are not met, they would leak everything on the Internet. The ransom note read,
“All your servers and data have been hacked. We have dozens of back doors inside your city. We have control of everything in your city. We also compromised all passwords and sensitive data such as finance and personal population information”
The city has already launched an investigation to look into the hacking and the investigation is supposed to take 24 hours. However, this is not the first ransomware attack that the city has faced. 3 months ago, Johannesburg’s city power was hit by a Bitcoin ransomware attack as well, which resulted in the facility’s database being encrypted and the whole network being compromised.
A Computer Science graduate, Prashant focuses on UK and Indian markets. With over two years of experience as a crypto-journalist, his interests lie in blockchain technology adoption across emerging economies.