Johannesburg Ransomware Attack Leaves Residents in the Dark
A Thursday incident in Johannesburg, South Africa that left some residents without power serves as a grave reminder of the destructive potential of ransomware. City Power, a local pay-as-you-go power provider owned by the city, had its network infected with file-encrypting malware that rendered many of its services unavailable.
Johannesburg assured citizens that the incident did not impact the personal data of residents. However, people were unable to use City Power’s applications to purchase electricity or for other services. Some people were left without power due to the attack.