School officials pay hackers $1.14 million ransom To recover stolen data


In June 2020, the university disclosed that they had suffered a ransomware attack which encrypted a limited number of servers within the university's School of Medicine rendering them temporarily inaccessible.

Since the university considered some of the encrypted data "important to some of the academic work we pursue as a university serving the public good" they agreed to pay a portion of the ransom (approximately $1.14 million) to the attackers in exchange for a tool to unlock the encrypted data.

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  • University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine

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