- The City of Joburg has revealed that it's network has been breached resulting in systems being taken offline
- The shutdown came in response to the breach, with the city allegedly receiving a ransom note from hackers
- The metro told residents that the systems would be off for the next 24 hours in order to prevent any damage or loss of information
The City of Joburg is facing a network security crisis after allegedly being targeted by hackers.
Business Day reports that an attack on the metro's network had closely followed a Shadow Kill Hackers ransom note demanding bitcoin as payment.
In response to the incident, the Gauteng metro has shut down its website and all e-services as a precaution:
"The incident is currently being investigated by the City of Joburg cybersecurity experts, who have taken immediate and appropriate action to reinforce security measures to mitigate any potential impacts. As a result several customer-facing systems – including the city’s website, e-services, billing system – have been shut down."
The shutdown is expected to last for 24 hours with customers unable to transact online with the city or log queries at the call centre, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The ransom note was reportedly sent to multiple city employees and had demanded 4.0 bitcoins by 28 October. The hackers have allegedly threatened to release sensitive data to the public if the demand is not met:
"All your servers and data have been hacked. We have dozens of back doors inside your city. We have control of everything in your city. We also compromised all passwords and sensitive data such as finance and personal population information."
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