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Bitcoin Ransomeware Disrupts Boston's Legal System For Two Weeks Running

A Bitcoin Ransomware attack on Boston’s legal system has disrupted its activities for the past two weeks. The public defenders have refused to send the Bitcoin demanded but decided to use backups to restore its services.

The Backup Plan

The committee has been established to oversee public defenders in Boston at the moment due to the ransomware attack. A note on the website of the committee reads “CPCS’s computer systems have been attacked and are not working properly. We are still representing clients. In addition, there is no evidence that confidential information from clients has been released as a result of these attacks.”

Thus far the system has been taken offline to cleanse it of the virus rather than paying the Ransome demanded. Boston Globe, a local media platform mentioned that this decision had caused weeks long slowdown that has affected everyone in the system. Private clients tapped to work for indigent clients to receive a small fees from the government due to the attack. This has equally locked up the organization’s essential digital services, including e-mail. Also, courts have had to postpone court cases as well, according to the platform.

The attack took place on the 27th of February, and the agency believes that paying the Bitcoin demanded is a waste of money. This made it adopt manual means of restoring the system. The entire Boston justice system is feeling the negative impact, and the specific time they will be back online is still unknown. Thus far, the staffs have no email, and the website is nonfunctional.

Crypto Ransomware

Crypto ransomware has become prominent in recent time. It is a tool uses by hackers to hold an organization or individual to Ransome until a particular amount is paid. Notably, it became known in 2015 through various attacks.

Ransomware as an industry is alleged to have earned more than $25 million in two years. The large portion of this was cashed out via defunct cryptocurrency exchange, BTC-e which was later shut down. The alleged administrator was arrested on money laundering charges.

Mostly, ransomware developers prefer to attack public infrastructure because it is often an essential service and has a higher likelihood of bringing returns from the victims. Organizations and individuals have become victims in recent time due to the use of cloud storage for keeping documents.

The amount of ransom demanded by the attacker was not stated, but this is usually in the range of a couple of 100s to thousands of dollars. Last year August, the Professional Golf Association of America’s platform was attacked by Bitcoin ransomware.

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