The notion that a website can be withheld for ransom is a complete full of crap, one that only makes sense in the movies.
For one thing, any sound minded IT professional who runs a public-facing portal knows that password recovery and routine backups are very basic things a competent person would do. Secondly, one can't just “hold code and data” (or even servers) for ransom because of one basic fact: code can exist in more than one place (like version control systems and deployment services) (and the hackers have to have physical possession of the servers to have complete control.)
The fact that these Mayors are having this issue with their websites, given today's robust IT security standards, really shows how incompetent and behind they are with the times.
It's outrageous, just outrageous!
What they need to do is hire better people. Preferably professionals with actual real-world experience, and leave the sensationalism to Hollywood.
Ridiculous!! If ur site is severely compromised, reset & restore from backup, fire ur tech team & boss.
This isn't a shocker. Gov't IT infrastructure & methods are usually outdated due to bureaucracy. The fact that this is an issue.
It's the nature of the beast.
The resolution came out of the annual US Conference of Mayors, which took place in Honolulu from June 28th through July 1st. According to the statement, at least 170 county, city, or state government systems have been targeted by ransomware attacks since 2013. These attacks use malware programs that render systems inoperable, with the hacker(s) usually demanding payment in the form of cryptocurrency in exchange for restoring systems.
The resolution comes after nearly two dozen US cities were hit by ransomware attacks this year, including Lake City, Florida, which authorized a payment of 43 bitcoins to a hacker in order to regain access to its phone and email systems. Another recent, high-profile attack began in Baltimore in May, which shut down essential city systems via a phishing email. The hackers responsible demanded 13 bitcoins (around $76,280 at the time, and now estimated at around $151,599) from the city. But Sheryl Goldstein, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff for operations, was advised by the FBI to not pay the ransom because “we would bear much of these costs regardless.” It’s estimated that the attack has cost the city at least $18 million.