NSA’s Terrifying Bitcoin Ransomware Leaves Baltimore Begging for Help
As an NSA-created bitcoin ransomware tool terrorizes Baltimore, city officials are begging the state – and federal government – for help. | Source: Shutterstock. Image Edited by CCN.
By CCN: As Baltimore’s crippling bitcoin ransomware siege enters its fourth week, an official in the U.S. city demanded that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declare the incident an emergency, the United Press International reports.
Per Baltimore’s City Council President, Brandon Scott, a letter has already been sent urging Hogan to seek federal assistance:
“I sent a letter to Gov. Hogan, asking him to officially ask and declare for federal disaster relief funds.”
Baltimore & Cyber Terrorists Extend 13-Bitcoin Standoff
The ransomware attack, which was first discovered on May 7, has terrorized the city government and crippled critical services such as real estate transactions and online payments. The city has resorted to manual workarounds including the use of archaic paper certificates for property transactions.
The ransomware attackers sought 13 bitcoins (around $113,000 at current prices) which the city declined to pay.
The plea for federal disaster relief funds comes a few days after the National Security Agency was implicated in the creation of the monstrous ransomware variant known as RobbinHood deployed against Baltimore. According to The New York Times, a key component of the malware was developed by the NSA.
NSA Fails to Tame the Monster It Created
Per the report, the NSA developed a cyberweapon known as EternalBlue which it lost control of in 2017. The cyberweapon was created by the NSA to gather intelligence and execute counterterrorism missions.