City of Joburg says it won't agree to hackers' demand

The City of Johannesburg says it cannot accede to a ransom demand by a group of hackers who breached the city's network last week, leading to the shutdown of all its e-platforms.

The group which reportedly calls itself 'The Shadow Kill Hackers' have demanded payment in the form of four bitcoins - approximately R555 000, by 5pm on Monday.

City of Johannesburg spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane says they have roped in law enforcement officers to get to the bottom of the matter.

As a city that is law-abiding, we don't think that we can accede to such demands.

Nthatisi Modingoane, Spokesperson - City of Johannesburg

We were with Major-General Shadrack Sibiya today and he has assured us that they are making progress but he is not in a position at the moment to divulge more than he has stated.

Nthatisi Modingoane, Spokesperson - City of Johannesburg

The hackers have threatened to release sensitive data.

Modingoane says if there is any information at their disposal it is information saved by employees on personal computers.

Let's say it is my laptop and they managed to hit it, it will be all the documents that are on my laptop, not on the city's system or servers.

Nthatisi Modingoane, Spokesperson - City of Johannesburg

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