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.