City of Valdez, Alaska admits to paying off ransomware infection

Officials from the city of Valdez, Alaska have admitted last week to paying $26,623.97 to hackers after the city’s IT network was crippled by a ransomware infection in July.

“Valdez Police Department […] reached out through our law enforcement channels for assistance with addressing the ransom demand,” said Bart Hinkle, Valdez police chief and operations section chief for the cyber incident response, in a press release last week.

“Based on recommendations from several cyber-crimes specialists, the City engaged a specialty cyber-incident response and digital forensics firm based out of Virginia,” Hinkle added. “The firm anonymously contacted the attackers on the City’s behalf to investigate and possibly negotiate ransom terms.”

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Source: ZDNet