BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The FBI is investigating a ransomware attack on Baltimore City’s network, while city officials try to bring back the network to its full capacity.

Although city services are no longer are being affected, hackers are still accessing the system, according to Mayor Jack Young.

“These people are so sophisticated that their job is just to disrupt,” Young said. “I wish they would use it for more good than they are for just bad in trying to extort money from cities and companies. It’s just not right.”

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It was discovered Tuesday that the system was taken offline, and technicians continue to work on fixing it.

Details not being released, but ransomware is a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their files unless they pay. Here’s what the mayor wants you to know:

“No city services have been affected. People were able to get their cars at the towing yard, people come in and pay in cash or money orders or they can mail their payments in. So all the city is functioning. We’re doing it a different way and the citizens of Baltimore are not being affected we just cannot get emails and those kinds of things,” Young said. “We are moving forward and citizens should not notice anything other than they have to come in and do things manually.”

The mayor said city employees are still working and the only change for them is they cannot access computers.

As for the ransom, Young said they won’t be paying.

In a news conference, the City’s Chief of Information Technology said that the FBI has confirmed this is a very aggressive ransomware.

Comments (41)
  1. First, there was an idiot who let the virus in. Second Baltimore City IT department is useless. They let this happened and they don’t know how to solve it. I bet this level of competence is a norm in all government facilities.

    1. Don Bags says:

      3rd..3 black female mayors…. Hope I don’t get fired for mentioning this!

      1. Eileen Finnin Hargrove says:

        If you are white you will be fired for sure.

      2. Eileen Finnin Hargrove says:

        Freddy Gray’s family was given $64 million by Mayor of Baltimore. Maybe they can pay the ransom.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    Hopefully they share all the crooked city employ’s coms. I’ll bet they are nervous. lol

  3. People say there is a RACE problem. People say this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY and ONLY into White countries.

    People say the only solution to the RACE problem is if ALL and ONLY White countries “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against White people, Anti-Whites agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  4. This is what happens when you practice nepotism and hire by skin color and sex instead of skill,

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    1. Yup. “Affirmative action”, “gender equality” are both pretty terms for state sanctioned discrimination.

  5. “…trying to extort money from cities and companies. It’s just not right.””

    Oh Jack… what to say… Funny, the US governments at every level, especially democrats, have been doing this to the taxpayers for decades to redistribute wealth. The stink of profligate social spending, and imposing the “necessary” taxes to do so reeks to high heaven. You reap what you sow.

  6. Winston McCain says:

    There is a three prong plug. Unplug it.

  7. LOL
    Baltimorgue….a complete shTh0Le.

    When you elect primates to run your city, expect pain and chaos.

  8. I’m will not pay my city bills “manually”, dummies.

  9. Valentine Miller says:

    “Give them room to ransom.”

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