The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), paid more than $1m to the NetWalker ransomware group to decrypt research at its medical school and recover copies of stolen documents. The ransomware attack did not disrupt UCSF's patient care operations, the overall campus network, and research into coronavirus antibody testing.
- UCSF said that it is working with a cybersecurity contractor to restore access to the encrypted servers.
- The university's decision to pay such a high ransom could spur other ransomware attackers to demand higher ransoms and target educational institutions.
This item first appeared on Inside Security.