Monday, November 17, 2014

On the Detroit bitcoin ransom: 'Even the databases are abandoned'

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Today, Mayor Mike Duggan revealed that a city-owned database was held ransom by hackers earlier this year, according to The Detroit News.

The cyber-thieves reportedly demanded a ransom of 2,000 bitcoins — a digital currency worth about $400 per bitcoin, for a total ransom of about $803,500. Duggan said the city took no action since that database was not being used, but it was an eye-opening warning of the city's vulnerabilities to cyber attacks.

(Duggan also spoke of other "disturbing" inadequacies of Detroit's tech: “I found the Microsoft Office system we had was about 10 years old and couldn't sync the calendar to my phone.")

On Twitter, Detroit ex-pat Mick Collins couldn't help but crack a joke: "That's Detroit for you: even the databases are abandoned."

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