NY: Town of Colonie got hacked; looks to avoid paying ransomware demand of about $400,000

Jim Franco reports:

The town’s computer system was hacked, and the cyber extortionists are asking for about $400,000 in Bitcoin cryptocurrency to unlock it.

But, said Supervisor Paula Mahan, the town is operating on a backup system that is allowing day-to-day operations to continue.

“We have all of our data and our backup system is working as it should be working,” she said. “We have an integrated team working on things, and as of right now it appears we have done everything properly and the process is going well so we are going to let them finish up their analysis and we will go from there.”

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