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windsmurf:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/us/baltimore-ransomware.html

EEVblog:
Hacks like that will only grow in popularity.
And it seems they aren't being greedy and setting the level at something that they know they might pay just to make the hassle go away.

Berni:
Yeah the reasonable sum of money makes it easier for them to pay up, get this mess over with and get back to business. So the hack was probably done with profit as the goal.

Tho i wonder if these bitcoins are any more difficult to spend since places accepting payment could see they came from this transaction if the city makes the transaction id public. That is  ignoring the part about the police likely watching the flow of it to try and find the person behind this.

EEVblog:

--- Quote from: Berni on May 27, 2019, 10:28:34 am ---Tho i wonder if these bitcoins are any more difficult to spend since places accepting payment could see they came from this transaction if the city makes the transaction id public. That is  ignoring the part about the police likely watching the flow of it to try and find the person behind this.

--- End quote ---

They must have a way to launder the bitcoins.

David Hess:

--- Quote from: EEVblog on May 27, 2019, 10:17:16 am ---Hacks like that will only grow in popularity.
And it seems they aren't being greedy and setting the level at something that they know they might pay just to make the hassle go away.
--- End quote ---

Doubly so when the security firms which provide ransomware solutions do so by just paying the hackers:

https://features.propublica.org/ransomware/ransomware-attack-data-recovery-firms-paying-hackers/


--- Quote from: EEVblog on May 27, 2019, 11:11:13 am ---They must have a way to launder the bitcoins.
--- End quote ---

That is not difficult to do.  The people who get caught did not bother.

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