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Baltimore Ransomware Attack: RobbinHood Encrypts City Servers


The city of Baltimore, Maryland suffered a RobbinHood (aka RobinHood) ransomware attack on May 7 that knocked out the majority of city servers and some government applications, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Critical Baltimore systems such as 911 and 311 were not affected, but the situation is "serious" according to a city spokesperson. Hackers are demanding $76,000 to decrypt the files, but the city doesn't plan to pay the ransomware, reports say.

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young is expected to give an update Wednesday on the attack and recovery process, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Ironically, the attack arrived two days after 60 Minutes, the CBS News show, broadcast a report about ransomware's impact on U.S. cities and infrastructure.

Stay tuned to MSSP Alert for more updates on this developing story.

Ransomware Attacks Cities, Government Infrastructure

Ransomware and malware attacks have frequently targeted municipal IT operations, government and transportation systems in recent months. Example attacks include:

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.