UCSF Medical School Officials Pay Hackers $1.14 Million Ransom To Recover Stolen Data – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF)– Hackers who assaulted computer servers at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine were paid a ransom of more than $1 million so scientists could restore access to information that had been maliciously secured by malware, according to university authorities.
The schools Information Technology personnel discovered a security occurrence on June 1 and the impacted areas, referred to as “a limited variety of servers in the School of Medicine,” were isolated from the UCSF core network.
The attack left the servers unattainable and malware uploaded throughout the breach encrypted information on the impacted servers that was utilized by the attackers as evidence of what had been perpetrated.
” The information that was secured is essential to a few of the academic work we pursue as a university serving the public great,” the university stated in a news release. “We for that reason made the difficult decision to pay some part of the ransom, around $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 information they got.”
Officials stressed that the attack did not affect patient care, its novel coronavirus work or the general campus network.
The university said it is dealing with a cyber-security consultant and other outdoors specialists to reinforce and examine the attack system defenses.
The tainted servers are expected to be brought back in the near future.
” This incident reflects the growing usage of malware by cyber-criminals worldwide looking for financial gain, consisting of numerous recent attacks on organizations of college,” the university stated. “We continue to comply with police, and we value everyones understanding that we are restricted in what we can share while we continue with our examination.”
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