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City of Riviera Beach, Florida Pays Ransom to Regain Access to Encrypted Files

Ransomware attacks are intensely targeting local governments around the US, shutting down their systems. And most of the government appear to ignore the FBI’s warning against giving in to hacker demands. With a population of only 35,000 residents, Riviera Beach in Florida has just adopted the same tactic, writes CNN.

After its computer systems were crippled by ransomware on May 29, when an employee from the police department opened an infected email, the city council in Riviera Beach secretly voted during an emergency meeting on Monday to pay 65 bitcoins (some $600,000) in ransom to regain access to their computers.

The ransomware infection forced the police and fire departments to take notes on paper of all calls received. According to city officials, the average is 280 calls daily.

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