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Cyber Crime

Analysis of ransomware used in Baltimore attack indicates hackers needed 'unfettered access' to city computers

Analysis of ransomware used in Baltimore attack indicates hackers needed 'unfettered access' to city computers

Officials in the eastern North Carolina city of Greenville arrived to work one morning in early April to find the files on some 800 of their computers locked up.

More than five weeks later, they’re still recovering from the debilitating cyberattack.

The city of around 92,000 realized April 10 it had fallen prey to hackers — the first known victim of a new strain of so-called ransomware dubbed RobbinHood. Somehow, the attackers gained access to a city administrative account, allowing them to take over the system and sow the virus one computer at a time.

“Once it had that, it was able to lock our servers and files and everything,” Greenville spokesman Brock Letchworth...

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