Montgomery County, Alabama probate office hacked by ransomware...

by Z-man51

... and had to pay $37,000 (nine Bitcoins) to get over 70 terabytes of information unlocked. In Alabama, the Probate Offices handle vehicle tags and registrations, wills, as well as business and marriage licenses.
Of course, no one could explain how the hackers were able to get into the system to encrypt the files, but it seems somebody had a very weak password that allowed fairly easy access. The Probate Office is working with the FBI trying to figure out how and who is responsible but since they paid the ransom it's very unlikely they'll ever find the responsible party. Other state and local offices were attacked, but Montgomery was the only system hacked. Makes one wonder if the IT department is worth the money they're being paid.

Posted on Dec 29, 2017, 5:47 AM

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