Feds in Pittsburgh dismantle Avalanche malware syndicate – Tribune

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A vast computer hacking network known as Avalanche allowed criminals to hit victims around the world and in Western Pennsylvania, including an Allegheny County agency and two local businesses, investigators said Monday.

Digital files in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office were locked by ransomware until county workers paid the attackers six Bitcoins, or about $1,400, to have them unlocked. Federal investigators did not identify any victims, but a spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. confirmed that his office was the agency infected with the malware-infected computer.

“The Allegheny County District Attorneys Office was the victim of a recent cyber crime referenced earlier today by the United States Attorneys Office,” Zappala said in a statement. “As technology continues to evolve, so does crime, and criminals are going to take advantage of that technology to always find new

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