Ransomware Attacks Prompt Tough Question for Local Officials: To Pay or Not to Pay?
When cybercriminals struck Lake City, Florida, last June, city officials had to make a tough choice: Pay the hackers or restore systems on their own.
A ransomware attack had hijacked the governmentâ€™s computer network and held it hostage for several weeks. While the attack didnâ€™t affect the police, fire or financial departments, it wreaked havoc on phone lines, email, utility records and many other services.
The hackers first demanded about $750,000 in bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, from the small, rural city to give it back control of its network....
Is this not an attack by criminals against US municipalities? Did the US not pursue a notable attacker, Poncho Villa, unsuccessfully across Mexico around 110 years ago? If so, where is the protection of the federal government? Should municipalities raise their own militias for self-defense?