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Hackers breached St John Ambulance’s IT defences and demanded a cash payment to end the online attack – which lasted half an hour before the charity’s tech experts booted them out.
During the 30-minute long ransomware attack, the unknown hackers blocked the charity’s access to its online systems. St John Ambulance, which specialises in first aid delivery and training, said it didn’t pay any money to get rid of the cybercriminals and assured no passwords or credit card details had been stolen. But the data of some people may have been affected by the hacking, which took place on July 2 at 9am, the volunteer-led organisation warned.