San Diego Hackers Ask For Ransom In Bitcoin

While cryptocurrencies can enable a world of new economic liberties for some people, they can also be used as a shield for criminals and used in illegal schemes like money laundering. In this case, hackers took the pseudo-anonymous trait of cryptocurrencies to their advantage to ask for a ransom pay in Bitcoin.
The victim of this hack is the port authority of the city of San Diego, one of the largest ports in the whole USA. Bringing in nearly 3,000,000 metric tons of merchandise from important brands like Honda, Fiat, Audi, Mazda, Acura, Isuzu, Volkswagen, Nissan to the country. But it seems that even this high budget public corporation is not exempt from suffering security vulnerabilities. The hack took control of some of the port’s dependencies like the public records requests and park permits, but essential functions and operations have not been impacted by this hack. Still, the FBI has joined the search for the culprits and is actively collaborating with the city of San Diego in this regard.
The port authorities have not disclosed the origin of the threat, and the FBI has not disclosed the amount of money that has been asked for the ransom. The local employees did manage to disconnect certain servers to avoid a worst outcome than the one experienced today.
This kind of directed attacks to government public organizations has been going on for some time already, and experts say that it will keep happening till sizable funds and real computers security experts are assigned to guard the records of this kind of institutions. Earlier this month, another public case of ransomware was reported, as the town of Midland in Canada was hit by a similar hack of their public servers, but in that case, the town agreed to pay the ransom asked without disclosing the amount to the public. Regardless of what happens with the demands, there is something wrong with cybersecurity on public institutions and corporations, and clearly, hackers know it.

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