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Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government

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No detail has been disclosed about the value of that extortion bid, or who the hackers are.

All government systems are down in Vanuatu after a suspected ransomware attack.

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A suspected cyberattack has disabled the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu's government since Nov. 4, crippling the websites of its parliament, police, and prime minister's office.

The hack also has hobbled the email system, Intranet, and online databases of schools, hospitals, and other emergency services, as well as all government services and departments.

Locals said the attack has basically impacted anyone with a email or domain, while The Sydney Morning Herald reported the hackers are demanding a ransom from the government.

Experts think the system's vulnerability was rooted in its likely centralization and hosting on the government's servers.

Vanuatu has vowed to upgrade the system, and requested Australia aid in its network rebuilding.

From BBC News
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