The University of California Pays Hackers More Than $1 Million Ransom
The attackers who broke into the security system of the University of California got what they wanted: they were paid a ransom of $1.14 million, the official website of the university informs.
The introduced trojan encrypted the information on the university’s servers. In other words, the staff of the educational institution could not access it. To solve this problem, the University of California management agreed to pay a ransom of 116.4 BTC.
«The data that was encrypted is important to some of the academic work we pursue as a university serving the public good. We therefore made the difficult decision to pay some portion of the ransom, approximately $1.14 million, to the individuals behind the malware attack in exchange for a tool to unlock the encrypted data and the return of the data they obtained» – representatives of the University of California said.
Negotiation with hackers
The hacker group Netwalker is behind the attack. Initially, the attackers demanded a ransom of $3 million, but university representatives were ready to pay only $780 thousand. After negotiation, the parties set the amount of $1.14 million.
University representatives did not specify which data was encrypted but later said that the patient’s confidential information was not compromised.
Recall, this group of hackers attacked the University of Michigan in early June, but its leadership refused to pay the ransom.