THE COMPUTER OF A NASCAR RACE TEAM WAS HACKED BY UNKNOWN CULPRITS WHO LOCKED UP ALL THE FILES AND DEMANDED RANSOM IN BITCOIN IN ORDER TO UNLOCK THE SYSTEM!
One of the Nascar race teams witnessed their chief’s computer getting hacked with a ransomware malware locking up his files and demanding ransom in Bitcoin.
Dave Winston, chief for the Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing (Cslfr95) crew was shocked to see his computer when it started displaying a message window that “files in this systems have been encrypted and require ransom payment for decryption or unlocking.”
When contacted FBI, the team was told to pay the ransom and that’s what they did. Lucky for them they got the decryption key from the hackers allowing the team to unlock their system including the targeted files. But this is not the first time when FBI has simply told victims to pay ransom in such cases, in fact, last year FBI Joseph Bonavolonta said that “The ransomware is that good,” and that “to be honest, we often advise people just to pay the ransom.”
“It was huge relief when we got the key. … Pretty much everything came back,” Winston told