In the last 10 months, 140 local governments, police stations and hospitals have been held hostage by ransomware attacks

(CNN)The attack starts, innocently enough, with an email. But when someone clicks the link inside, hackers quickly take over. Computers at the school, hospital, or city government are locked, and the only way for employees to get back in is to pay the attacker hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin. Even then, there’s…

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Justice Dept. announces indictment of two Iranians in ransomware scheme

Washington (CNN)Two Iranian men have been indicted for their alleged involvement in a hacking and malware scheme that spanned more than two years and crippled computer systems at hospitals and municipal offices across the country, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, allegedly released a type…

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