US State Prosecutor Paid Off Ransomware Hackers with Bitcoin
Avi Mizrahi reports on an interesting revelation in the Avalanche case:
Reports of individuals, corporations, banks and even hospitals falling victim to ransomware are nothing new these days, but now we learn that the office of a US state attorney has also been blackmailed for bitcoin. The Allegheny County district attorney, Stephen Zappala Jr., has confirmed to The Associated Press that his office paid off hackers from the infamous Avalanche network to gain back control of his system.
The officials fell victim to a phishing attack that caused their computers to freeze and they were forced to send bitcoin to the hackers according to court documents filed against Avalanche.
Source: Finance Magnates.