End of November, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) went through a hacking nightmare. Last week, experts confirmed that the cyber-attack was cause by a ransomware dubbed Mamba.

It still isn’t clear to us why Sophos Labs, who discovered the malware in the first place, decided to name it after a species of poisonous snakes, but so be it. We deem it more important to explain head on that Mamba encrypts all hard disks and shared resources present on the infected machine. 25% of the SFMTA computers were compromised during the incident, causing a breakdown of its ticketing service.

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