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Ransomware Hackers Freeze Millions in Papua New Guinea

  • The government’s payment system has been locked by hackers
  • Attackers demand payment from nation hard hit by Covid-19
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Papua New Guinea’s finance department acknowledged late Thursday that its payment system, which manages access to hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid money, was hit with a ransomware attack.

The attack on the Department of Finance’s Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) occurred at 1 a.m. local time on Oct. 22, according to a statement released by John Pundari, finance minister and acting treasurer.