Ransomware Virus in Maine. The Brewer, Maine school department had to pay $1,400 in 'ransom' to be able to access its computer system. A school department employee clicked on a link that allowed a 'ransomware virus' to corrupt the system. The ransom was paid in bitcoin - an anonymous online currency. Other organizations in Maine have had to pay a ransom to regain access to their computer files - to include several Maine police departments. Read more in "Brewer School Department pays $1,400 in 'ransom' to unlock computer system", Bangor Daily News, May 12, 2017.
Harvard Security Expert on Ransomware Attack. A cybersecurity expert at Havard's Kennedy School is interviewed about the latest cyber attack by Maine Public (NPR). See "Security Expert Weighs in on Worldwide Ransomware Hack", Maine Public, May 13, 2017.