Baltimore City Shuts Down Most of Its Servers After Ransomware Attack


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For the second time in just over a year, the city of Baltimore has been hit by a ransomware attack, affecting its computer network and forcing officials to shut down a majority of its computer servers as a precaution.

Ransomware works by encryption files and locking them up so users can’t access them. The attackers then demand a ransom amount, typically in Bitcoin digital currency, in exchange for the decryption keys use to unlock the files.

The ransomware attack on the Baltimore City Hall took place on Tuesday morning and infected the city’s technology systems with an unknown ransomware virus, which according to government officials, is apparently spreading throughout their network.

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