Calgary uni pays ransomware criminals $20k for its files back

Over 100 systems were thought to be locked up in the attack.

By Iain Thomson

Administrators at the University of Calgary, Canada, have caved in to criminals and paid a $20,000 ransom to decrypt their computer systems’ files after getting hit by a malware infection.

Last month, the university fell prey to ransomware, which installed itself on machines, scrambled documents and demanded cash to recover the data. Since they obviously weren’t running decent backup procedures, the administrators have agreed to pay up in Bitcoins.

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