Iranian Hackers Indicted in US
By Micah Halpern
Thursday November 29, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
Two Iranian hackers were indicted in the US yesterday. Two other Iranian hackers were sanctioned.
These four are allegedly responsible for the SamSam Hack. The SamSam Hack attacks a computer system and then encrypts all its files. The hackers then send a message to the computer explaining that if they pay in bitcoin, the files will be unlocked.
As a matter of good faith the hackers unlock one file.
Through this method SamSam hackers have extorted over $6 million and caused over $30 million in damage.
The cities of Newark and Atlanta have been brought to their knees. These hackers have attacked hospitals and universities and cities and courts.
They even caused the Port of San Diego to be ground to a halt.
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