Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young vowed Friday to go after hackers who infiltrated and disrupted the city government’s technology systems — and pledged again to refuse to pay their demand for ransom money. From a Baltimore Sun article:
“Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young vowed Friday to go after the hackers who infiltrated and disrupted the city’s technology systems — and pledged again to refuse to pay their demand for ransom.
“We’re not going to pay a ransom,” Young said. “These folks, it’s not just Baltimore city, they prey on all governments. They prey on corporations and companies. It’s a criminal act. We’re going to get them and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.”
The FBI is investigating the hackers, who are seeking tens of thousands of dollars from the city after infiltrating computer systems and shutting down a majority of city servers. The effects ranged from a City Council committee canceling a hearing on gun violence to water customers being unable to get billing questions answered.
Young and City Council President Brandon Scott assured residents Friday that city services were operational, though some were being done the old-fashioned way — with pencil and paper or by telephone.”