Moscow’s First Cable Car System Hacked a Day after Launch


Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin in an extravagant ceremony
propelled Moscow’s first cable car service promising free rides for the first
month. In any case, tragically, just 2 days after the service was made
accessible, hackers apparently hacked into the cable car system and tainted
them with ransomware.
As per the local news outlets, who previously reported the
incident and Moscow’s Mayor, the main computer for the cable car system was tainted
with ransomware and was requesting a payoff installment in bitcoins to
unscramble the documents required for the operation of the cable car.
“According to the agency interlocutor, a message was
received from an unknown person on the head computer of the Moscow Cable Cars
operating company requesting to transfer bitcoins to him in exchange for
decrypting all the electronic files of the computer that is responsible for the
cable car operation. The amount of the ransom, said in the letter, depends
“on the speed of response to the letter.” As a result, there was a
failure in the cable car.”
The attack or rather the infection happened on Wednesday,
November 28, at around 14:00, local time.
The attack was severe to the point that it had its effect on
even the servers of the Moscow Ropeway (MKD), which apparently halted the
majority of its task when it was informed about it.
The office’s servers were exposed to a security review on
November 29, and the infection was fortunately removed. Cable Car transports
continued on the 30th, as per a message posted on the MKD’s official website.
As of yet there are no points of interest thought about the
kind of ransom ware that tainted the MKD’s servers, or even the amount of the
Bitcoin ransom demanded.

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