The University of California at San Francisco paid hackers $ 1.14 million in Bitcoin after the ransomware attack in June.
Hackers have launched malware, encrypting servers of the medical industry in the university, making data temporarily inaccessible. To solve the problem, the school accepted to pay an amount, reportedly 116.4 BTC (currently worth more than $1 million).
"Encrypted data is important for some of the academic work we are pursuing. Therefore, we made the difficult decision to pay a portion of the ransom, about $1.14 million to individuals behind the malware attack in exchange for unlocking encrypted data."
The university did not specify what data was encrypted but they said the patient's medical records were not disclosed. It also does not affect patient care or work related to COVID-19.
The Netwalker ransomware group is believed to be behind the attack. The group initially requested $ 3 million, and the university proposed that they only pay $780,000. Finally, after negotiations, the university paid $1,140,895.
The university says it continues to work with law enforcement to investigate this issue. Earlier this month, Michigan State University was also attacked by the Netwalker group, but the university refused to pay the ransom at the time.