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Google accidentally thwarts Baltimore’s battle against ransomware attacks

connectVideoRansomware attack in the possession of the city of Baltimore’s computer network hostage

Hackers demands payment for the unlock of the entire network; Gillian Turner reports.

Google accidentally thwarted Baltimore’s attempt to combat a serious ransomware attack on the city earlier this week.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore multiple Gmail accounts after the ransomware attacks, which affect the city and e-mail system, as well as services, such as online payments.

On May 23, Google automated systems erroneously given the many Gmail accounts as the work of the spammers. The tech giant says it has resolved the problem, which Baltimore officials to use Gmail.

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“We have access to the Gmail accounts for the members of the officials of the city,” it explained in a statement by e-mail to Fox News. “Our automated safety systems disabled the accounts by the bulk creation of multiple Gmail accounts from the same network.”

File photo – a man sits on a bench in the park overlooking Baltimore harbor and skyline, Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo By: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

The computer servers were affected by the cyber attack on 7 May, and city officials quickly shut down most servers. The city put a statement on its website says it “is currently unable to send or receive e-mail.” If residents department of the city, they are asked to call the city, the department they need to contact.

Officials have said that hackers using ransomware-variant RobbinHood demanded the city pay the equivalent of $76,000 in bitcoin, Mayor Bernard Young says will not happen. The deadline for payment is 17 May.

CITY OF ATLANTA HIT BY RANSOMWARE ATTACKS

Fox News has left several messages with Baltimore officials with a request to comment on this story.

In a ransomware attack, hackers typically encode a computer network data to keep, ‘hostage’, provides a digital decryption key to unlock it for a certain price.

SCARY RANSOMWARE ATTACKS FAMOUS NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY

Last year, the City of Atlanta was focused on a ransomware attacks that have affected a number of its systems.

Attacks have taken place on the AMERICAN Hackers, for example, focused on the port of San Diego in a ransomware attack that disrupted the agency’s IT systems. An Alaskan municipality also had to dust off the typewriter after a major ransomware attacks.

In 2017, a major ransomware attacks forced the shut down of a host of IT systems in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

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Also in 2017, a hacker targeted Sacramento Regional Transit, the removal of 30 million files in a ransomware attack. Officials worked to restore the data from backup files.

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In 2016, a Los Angeles hospital paid a ransom of nearly $17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network.

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty and the Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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