Baltimore Ransomware Siege Enters Second Week of Bitcoin Extortion Attack
The City of Baltimore, Maryland still has not recovered from the ransomware infection that prompted it to shut down most of its servers on May 7. While the city’s most essential services such as emergency services remain operational, many other systems are down.
The City was targeted by a ransomware strain dubbed Robbinhood. The threat actors behind the file-encrypting malware want the City to pay a ransom of 13 Bitcoin (just over $100,000) in order to regain access to its systems, but Baltimore is refusing to negotiate with the attackers. As a result, it remains unclear how long it will take the City to get its systems back online, but it is evident that the total costs resulting from the attack will far exceed the ransom demanded.