RIPTA releases ransom note sent after hack

RIPTA Data Breach
This is an image of a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) —  The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority on Wednesday released that ransom note that was sent to them after they were hacked earlier this year.

The note read:

“All of your files are currently encrypted by CONTI strain.

As you know (if you don’t – just “google it”), all of the data that has been encrypted by our software cannot be recovered by any means without contacting our team directly.
If you try to use any additional recovery software – the files might be damaged, so if you are willing to try – try it on the data of the lowest value.

To make sure that we REALLY CAN get your data back – we offer you to decrypt 2 random files completely free of charge.”

CONTI sent multiple links in the note as well.

The note concluded:

Just in case, if you try to ignore us. We’ve downloaded a pack of your internal data and are ready to publish it on out news website if you do not respond. So it will be better for both sides if you contact us as soon as possible.”

RIPTA paid CONTI $170,000 in ransom money after the hack.

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