OH: Hackers try to hold Jefferson computers at ransom

Justin Dennis reports:

Village officials were alarmed, but ultimately unscathed, after a ransomware virus found its way onto a village computer late last month.

The infamous strain of malicious software threatens to wipe out affected computers unless victims pay the hackers a ransom before a deadline. The same ransomware attack struck Jefferson village and at least two other entities that contract IT services from Steve Schoneman of Ashtabula’s Schoneman Inc.

He said the hackers in these cases demanded, on average, about $4,900 worth of bitcoin, the digital currency often used to keep illegal transactions anonymous.

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