Hit by Ransomware Attack, Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000.

The leaders of Riviera Beach, Fla., looking weary, met quietly this week for an unusual vote to pay nearly $600,000 in ransom to hackers who paralyzed the city’s computer systems.

Riviera Beach, a small city of about 35,000 people just north of West Palm Beach, became the latest government to be crippled by ransomware attacks that have successfully extorted municipalities and forced them to dig into public coffers to restore their networks. A similar breach recently cost Baltimore $18 million to repair damages.

Here’s what happened

  • The hackers apparently got into the city’s system when an employee clicked on an email link that allowed them to upload malware. 
  • The Hackers have taken hold of a computer system used by the city council of Riviera Beach in Florida
  • The hackers encrypted the city records and disabled the council’s e-mail system
  • 911 dispatchers are unable to enter calls into their computers and residents are unable to pay their utility bills online 
  • Riviera Beach has now agreed to pay a $600,000 ransom, with no guarantees the hackers will hand back control of the computer system.

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