County in Pennsylvania Pays Russian Hackers $346,000 to End Cyberattack

Officials in Washington County, Pennsylvania, paid Russian hackers a $346,000 ransom to restore systems and data following a crippling cyberattack. In January, the feds warned several US states, including the state of Pennsylvania, of a wave of targeted attacks. But for Washington County, it was too late – hackers had already crippled its systems with malware and pilfered sensitive data. “Foreign cybercriminals were able to seize control of the county’s network, basically paralyzing all of the
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