Cleveland airport computers hacked last week
The city said airport systems were affected by a type of malware, but stopped short of calling the incident a hack. But the difference between hacking and a malware infection may be nothing but semantics. The issue appears to have been resolved and there do not appear to be any additional problems stemming from the hack.
According to the person familiar with the matter who spoke with CBS, investigators believe that ransomware was installed but apparently the city of Cleveland did not pay a ransom. Investigators believe that an organized ransom group may be responsible.
Last year, a ransomware cyberattack crippled the city of Atlanta, shutting down the city’s computer systems and stalling operations at the busy Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The culprits demanded the equivalent of about $51,000 in bitcoin to unlock the systems.
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