Public data on crime, parking tickets and more no longer being updated amid Baltimore ransomware attack

The ransomware attack on government computers in Baltimore City has affected various agencies’ day-to-day activities. It has also halted scheduled updates to several government datasets on Open Baltimore, the city’s open data website. The attack was discovered on May 7. Hackers used a virus to encrypt files on government systems, demanding a payment of 3 Bitcoins (equivalent to about $17,600 at current prices) to unlock a single system, or 13 Bitcoins (worth about $76,280) to unlock all the city’s systems. Officials have said they won’t pay and that it could take weeks to restore the city’s computer systems. (Balt. Sun)

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