Monday, February 23, 2015

Chicago Police Department Pays $600 Cryptoware Ransom to Cybercriminals

Chicago Police Department Pays $600 Cryptoware Ransom to Cybercriminals


Cyber criminals have started targeting government enforcement of the Ransomware in an attempt to extort money.

Recently, the police department of the Midlothian Village in Illinois has paid a ransom of over $600 in Bitcoins to an unknown hacker after being hit by a popular ransomware attack.

The popular Ransomware, dubbed Cryptoware, disabled a police computer in Midlothian — located south of Chicago — by making it inaccessible through its file-encryption capabilities and forced them to pay a ransom in order to restore access to the important police records.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the department first encountered Cryptoware in January, when someone in the department opened a spear-phishing email that pointed to the malicious software.