The practice is gaining popularity as only in the United States for two weeks the perpetrators have received over 1 Million Dollar. Hackers begin the increasingly frequent attacks to institutions and municipalities, but not in search of data and for easy profit. Only during the past two weeks, two municipalities in the United States have paid a ransom for a total of over 1.1m Dollars to obtain access to your systems shall communicate the BBC and ZDNet.
About a week ago the municipality of the town of Riviera Beach in Florida decided to pay $600,000 ransom of hackers, which were the planes hit the computer networks of institutions in the town. They have installed cryptovirus of them that block access and their work.
This has led to an inability to carry out not only of many services but and even to problems in the work of the emergency telephone numbers, pumping stations for water and etc.
Impose is the city administration to organize and does not a small part of the work of the paper
All this because of the done employee who is opened attached in the email file with the virus. After a period of more than three weeks, the problem has not been resolved, the municipal council has decided to vote to pay requests from hackers ransom to be restored access to the systems.
During this week the same has decided to make and the town of Lake City, again in Florida. He pays 500,000 dollars ransom after remained without their computer systems for more than two weeks. The staff of the municipality tried to stop the attack, in the framework of the minutes of its start but without success. Expectations are cyber attacks to municipalities in order to redeem to continue.
The main reason is that they are easy to target. While the level of cybersecurity of large corporations is already quite good, it a large number of municipalities and institutions continue to use the old and weak systems. This makes them a much easier target for hackers and employees themselves are of a low level of training. They are easier to delusion through emails with attached files which often is the fastest and effective way for successful implementation of the virus in the system of the target.
In many municipalities and institutions will even good systems for archiving and backup copies of the data. There are no procedures what to do in the event of attack and employees is often seen panicking and with his actions extra facilitate hackers. It is therefore recommended to the institutions to separate not only funds but and time for at least basic training in cybersecurity of employees.