The City of Augusta in the United States fell victim to a ransomware attack, with hackers using the BlackByte ransomware group to encrypt data and steal sensitive information. The gang has demanded $400,000 to delete the stolen data, and has threatened to resell it for $300,000 if their demands are not met.
Mayor Garnett Johnson has confirmed that the attack was a file-encrypting malware and that the staff is working to contain the malware’s spread and mitigate the associated risks. Unfortunately, the Mayor has lost contact with the gang and is unsure about the timeframe for data recovery.
BlackByte is a notorious gang of criminals known for engaging in double extortion attacks. The group is also known to target the same victim multiple times in a year if the victim fails to patch the vulnerabilities through which the previous infiltration occurred.
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