District Pays Cyber Ransom as Business Decision

THE Journal: A New York school district superintendent has gone public with some of the details of a ransom his school system paid earlier this summer to regain access to school systems. Rockville Schools and its insurance company paid $88,000 in bitcoin through a third-party negotiator. The original ransomware demand was for $176,000, according to Superintendent William Johnson.

In a television interview Johnson said the ransomware demand surfaced in late July when the district's director of technology found something wrong with his email and "pulled the plug" on the network.

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