9. UC San Francisco paid bigger

In June, the University of California, San Francisco, paid out $1.1 million to its attackers, one of the largest ransomware sums on record in the public sector. The agreement came after a lengthy negotiation process and a starting demand of $3 million. The attack, which was initially detected on June 1 at the University’s School of Medicine, did not disrupt the school’s research on the novel coronavirus, its patient-care system or the campus’ network, school leadership said, but it wind up representing yet another victory for the operators of the NetWalker virus.

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He’s reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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