Analysis of ransomware used in Baltimore attack indicates hackers needed ‘unfettered access’ to city computers

Ian Duncan and Christine Zhang report:

Officials in the eastern North Carolina city of Greenville arrived to work one morning in early April to find the files on some 800 of their computers locked up.

More than five weeks later, they’re still recovering from the debilitating cyberattack.

The city of around 92,000 realized April 10 it had fallen prey to hackers — the first known victim of a new strain of so-called ransomware dubbed RobbinHood.

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As Greenville fought to revive its systems, Baltimore became RobbinHood’s second apparent victim, knocking email and payment systems offline and grinding the city’s real estate market to a halt.

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