February 20, 2024

Hackers demand from the authorities of Jerez de la Frontera a ransom in BTC for unlocking city computers

Online operations in the Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera have been suspended as a result of a hacker attack,requiring a ransom in bitcoin for unlocking computer systems in the city.

Hackers demand an undisclosed amount of BTCfor unlocking city computer systems. However, the city administration has not yet satisfied the demands of the ransomware and hired three cybersecurity experts to solve the problem, Breitbart reports.

The city’s computer systems were capturedhackers who require a ransom in BTC for providing the administration with the keys necessary to decrypt the data. For a week now, the cyberattack has been preventing the city authorities from conducting regular online operations through their official website.

To solve the problem, the Ministry of the InteriorSpain has sent three cybersecurity experts to the city. Mayor of Jerez de la Frontera Mamem Sanchez said the municipal website will remain offline until the systems are “one hundred percent secure.”

Let us recall that in June the authorities of the American cityLake City paid a ransom of 42 BTC to extortionists, and a little earlier, the city of Riviera Beach paid a ransom of 65 BTC to unknown hackers who managed to take control of the city's computer system.

In addition, in March 2018, hackers demanded a ransom in bitcoins from the authorities of the American city of Atlanta for unlocking city computers.