31 Jan '17, 9pm

Modern-day piracy holds computer systems to ransom, Europe News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

VIENNA • The ransom demand arrived one recent morning by e-mail, after about a dozen guests were locked out of their rooms at the lakeside Alpine hotel in Austria. The electronic key system at the picturesque Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt had been infiltrated, and the hotel was locked out of its own computer system, leaving guests stranded in the lobby, and causing confusion and panic. "Good morning?" the e-mail received on Jan 22 began, according to the hotel's managing director, Mr Christoph Brandstaetter. It demanded a ransom of two bitcoins, or about US$1,800 (S$2,600), and warned that it would double if the hotel did not comply by the end of the day. Mr Brandstaetter said the e-mail included details of a "bitcoin wallet" - the account in which to deposit the money - and ended with "Have a nice day!" With the 111-year-old hotel brimming with skiers, hikers and vacatione...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/modern-day-pirac...

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