Riviera Beach, Florida, a small town just north of West Palm Beach, is the latest city to fall victim to ransom hackers. Just three weeks ago the city systems fell under hacker siege. City officials this week have decided to pay the nearly $600,000 to get control of the city’s computer systems back and hopefully recover the locked data. Despite larger cities having to pay smaller ransoms, the City Council voted unanimously to pay the hackers in Bitcoin, a payment method that is very difficult to trace.
An infected email attachment opened at the Riviera Beach Police Department gave the hackers access on May 29th. All of the city’s online systems, emails, water utility pump stations, and even some phones were affected.
A similar ransomware attack in Baltimore cost nearly $18 million to repair damages.