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Ransomware hackers demanded $390,000 to release Knoxville, Tennessee data

Christian Fernsby |
The cybercriminals who attacked and hampered the city of Knoxville’s computer systems last month demanded 42.5 bitcoin, roughly $393,137 based on the market values at the time of the attack, city leaders told Knox News on Thursday.

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Topics: TENNESSEE   

This is the first time the city has revealed the amount, and they maintain they do not intend to pay the ransom.

In a ransomware attack, cybercriminals gain access to computer files, lock them down and demand payment to restore access. City officials maintain that the threat has been isolated and the city is operating as normal outside of a few inconveniences.

City spokesperson Kristin Farley said the city’s response to the attack is ongoing. Last week, the hackers posted snippets of stolen information including city personnel information online. The data included personal details about employees, such as names, phone numbers, addresses, salaries and work performance scores.

Farley told Knox News the city is working to identify and communicate with anyone whose information has been shard. "All individuals who are impacted will receive a notification via U.S. mail as may be required by law.”

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