The hackers who attacked the computer systems of the American city of Knoxville last month demanded 42,5 bitcoin, or about $ 393.137 at the time of the attack, Knoxville City officials said on Thursday.
This is the first time the city has revealed the amount and they claim that they do not intend to pay the ransom.
In a ransomware attack, cybercriminals gain access to files, lock them up and demand payment for their recovery access. City officials say the threat is isolated and the city is operating normally except in some cases where they are isolated.
City spokeswoman Kristin Farley said the city's response to the attack continues. Last week, hackers released snippets of stolen information - including personal information. information - online. The data included personal data of employees, such as names, phone numbers, addresses, wages and performance ratings.
Farley told Knox News that the city is working to identify and contact anyone whose information has been leaked. "All affected individuals will receive notification by mail, as required by law."
The city had previously announced it had signed a contract with cybersecurity firm Mullen Coughlin and the company. research and CrowdStrike cybersecurity mitigation.