Ransomware attack leaves Joburg residents unable to buy electricity

City Power confirmed on Twitter this morning that it has been hit by a ransomware attack which compromised its web server, databases, applications, and network.


Ransomware encrypts everything it can reach from the victim’s machine and holds the information hostage, usually demanding a Bitcoin payment from the victim for the private key needed to decrypt the information.


“City Power has been hit by a ransomware virus,” the company said on Twitter. “It has encrypted all our databases, applications and network. Currently, our ICT department is cleaning and rebuilding all impacted applications.”

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