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A Florida city has agreed to pay hackers who incapacitated their computer system nearly $600,000 in ransom.
The Riviera Beach, Fla., City Council voted unanimously Monday night to have its insurer pay a hacker’s demand for 65 bitcoin, valued at $592,000. The city will pay an addition $25,000 to cover its deductible, according to The Palm Beach Post.
The article goes on to state the following:
The attack began on May 29, when a police department employee in Riviera Beach, a city of 35,000 people north of West Palm Beach, downloaded an infected email attachment, The Palm Beach Post reported.
The virus paralyzed the city’s online system, including email, phones and water utility pump stations. Utility bills to the city could only be paid in person or by mail, and only in check or cash, according to The New York Times.
A Florida city with a population of around 35,000 paid close to $600,000 in ransom to hackers after the city council deliberated for two minutes. City paychecks, police tickets, water quality sampling have been manual since the attack in May. https://t.co/zx6IwgktlP
— Catherine Stupp (@catstupp) June 20, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) June 20, 2019
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