More than 225 majors across the United States have supported a resolution not to pay ransoms to hackers, as reported The New York Times. The resolution"Opposing payment to Ransomeware attackers" indicates that the biggest opposite party "opposes the payment of ransoms in case of breach of computer security".
The resolution came out of the annual US Mayors' Conference, which took place in Honolulu from June 28 to July 1. According to the statement, at least 170 county, city or state systems have been the target of ransomware attacks since 2013. These attacks use malicious programs that render unusable, or hackers generally requiring a payment in the form of cryptocurrency in exchange for the restoration of the systems.
The resolution comes after nearly two dozen US cities have been affected by ransomware attacks this year, including in Lake City, Florida, which has authorized payment of 43 bitcoins to a hacker so you can access your phone and messaging systems again. Another recent high-profile attack has begun in Baltimore in May, which closes the vital systems of the city phishing email. The responsible hackers asked for 13 bitcoins (about $ 76,280 at the time, and now estimated at about $ 151,599) from the city. Sheryl Goldstein, senior chief of staff in charge of operations, was advised by the FBI not to pay the ransom because "we would bear a lot of these costs anyway". at least 18 million dollars.
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young sponsored the measure at this year's conference, saying in a statement Wednesday, "The payment of ransoms only encourages more people to adopt this type of illegal behavior".
The US Conference of Mayors represents 1,407 cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants. A universal position against paying bad actors is in line with the FBI recommendation and could discourage future attacks on cities whose support is the measure.