South Korean call taxi system paralyzed by ransomware attack, company pays ransom to get decryptor

Ahn Ho-cheon reports (machine translation follows):

A company operating a ‘call taxi system’ in most cities and counties in Gangwon-do was attacked by a hacking attack, and call taxi calls through smartphone apps were blocked. It was found that the call system was paralyzed in parts of Busan, Gyeonggi, Gyeongbuk, and Jeonnam in addition to Gangwon due to the hacking damage.

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The company explained, “In this regard, immediately after infection, we confirmed that it was a new type of ransomware through the Korean Ransomware Recovery Center, and contacted the hacker in the early morning of the 18th for an urgent solution and contacted the hacker to restore the backup server.”

He added, “I paid the coin required by the hacker to restore the backup server, and now I have requested the data recovery key.”

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