Ransomware attack leaves Johannesburg without power

Some of Johannesburg has been left without power after South Africa’s largest city and financial capital has been hit by a ransomware attack. Taken from a Tech Radar news article :


“The ransomware infection affected City Power which provides pre-paid electric power to Johannesburg residents and local companies. The company’s database, internal network, web apps and official website were all encrypted by the malware disrupting its operations and leaving customers frustrated. In a series of tweets, City Power said that it had fallen victim to a ransomware attack which is now preventing customers from both buying electrical power units and selling them back into the grid. In addition, several Power City customers have complained about blackouts at their homes and across the city that occurred over the last 12 hours since the ransomware infected the company’s systems. “



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