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Maine Police Paid Hackers to Unlock Computer System


A police department in Maine paid a ransom to cyber criminals to unlock their infected computers. Determination: Real

According to an April 10, 2015 article by the Portland Press Herald,  a $300 ransom was paid to hacker by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and four towns to release their shared computers after they were infected with a “megacode” type virus that locked them up.

The article said the "creator of the virus gave the sheriff’s office a code to unlock the computer system after the money was received." The ransom was paid out using bitcoins.  A failed attempt was made to apprehend the hackers by the FBI, who tracked the online payment a bank account in Switzerland.

The released a solution for the Crypto-locker, a virus that travels in an attachment in forwarded emails and is working on finding a legitimate solution for this new strain of Megacode.  We will post findings on our virus information page when we get them.

Posted 04/12/15

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