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MCentaur:
Last June, the threat of ransomware gained more notoriety when a university here in Canada gave in to a hacker group's demands. Aside from the one below, here's another article that discusses ways to respond if your computer is victimized by ransomware; that includes not giving in to the hackers' demands.

CBC


--- Quote ---University of Calgary paid $20K in ransomware attack
No evidence cyberattackers released personal or university data to public

CBC News Posted: Jun 07, 2016 2:27 PM MT Last Updated: Jun 08, 2016 8:26 AM MT


The University of Calgary paid a demanded $20,000 after a "ransomware" cyberattack on its computer systems.

The university announced the ransom payment Tuesday, a week after the initial attack.

"As part of efforts to maintain all options to address these systems issues, the university has paid a ransom totalling about $20,000 Cdn that was demanded as part of this ransomware attack," Linda Dalgetty, vice-president of finances and services, said in a release.

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