Florida city pays $600,000 to ransomware gang to have its data back

Florida city pays $600,000 to ransomware gang to have its data back

The city council for Riviera Beach, Florida, voted to pay more than $600,000 to a ransomware gang to recover data that has been locked and encrypted. The decision came after officials concluded that there was no other way to recover the city’s files. Access to Riviera City data has been locked since May 29, after an employee opened an email and unleashed the ransomware on the city’s network.

Branden Jensen
Branden Jensen 7 months

Apparently they've never heard of backups? We've had client's hit with ransomware before, and we just restore from the last good backup. Not rocket science.

Russell Daggett
Russell Daggett 7 months

This is why it's important to fund your IT departments and fill them with knowledgeable and skilled people who can prevent this sort of thing.

Sir_Kutz 7 months

Next time back up your data...

Evil Smoo
Evil Smoo 7 months

Oh yes, the perfect way to provide incentive for more attacks. Old computers with no security updates, crap IT, and idiot politicians. I hope they don't even unlock the computers.

Adam Field
Adam Field 7 months

Impulse buy...

michael zubas
michael zubas 7 months

this is the 2nd time I have seen this. every government body in this country needs to be scared shitless of this

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