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Johannesburg in malware storm

by Daniel Itai
26 Oct 2019 at 09:02hrs | Views
The City of Johannesburg's municipal hub has been hacked by individuals labelling themselves as shadow kill hackers.

The hackers have since launched a malware that has brought down the servers of the municipality which curtails residents from accessing the website, the call centre, e-service systems and billing services.

Shadow kill hackers are demanding a ransom of four Bitcoins which is approximately US$8 520 or R511 000 by Monday next week.

In the event that their demands are not meant the hackers will expose the personal information of the Johannesburg residents on the internet as they have since said that they are in possession of data worth one terabyte.

Regardless, city of Johannesburg's spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane is not moved by the allegations made by the hackers, "the city will not entertain such claims as official or true because there is no evidence."

The shadow kill hackers also indicated that in the event that their demands are met they will show the municipality how they hacked into their main frame and how to prevent such a scenario from happening again.

Meanwhile the city's technicians are working tireless to try and resolve the issue by Sunday. Three months ago City Power experienced the same situation as it had its servers hacked which in turn made it difficult for residents to buy their electricity.

Source - Daniel Itai

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