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Hackers Looted $1.14 million from University of California

Hackers looted a huge amount about $1.14 m from the University of California by spreading malware on the entire system. How they extorted this huge amount? 

UCSF Hacking

Hackers who attacked computer servers at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine were paid about $1.14m to regain access to data that had been maliciously encrypted by malware, University Officials announced on Friday.

The Net-walker criminal gang attacked University of California on June 1.

The school's Information Technology staff detected a security incident on June 1 and the affected areas, described as “a limited number of servants in the school of Medicine,” were isolated from the UCSF core network.

The medical research institute is working on a cure for Covid 19. The attack left servers inaccessible and malware uploaded during the breach encrypted data on the affected servers that was used by the attackers as proof of what had been perpetrated.

“ The data was encrypted is important to some of the academic work we pursue as a university serving the public good,” the university said in a news release.

“ We therefore made the difficult decision to pay some portion of the ransom, approximately $1.14 million, to the individuals behind the malware attack in exchange for a tool to unlock the encrypted data and the return of the data they obtained,” they added.

Anyway, officials emphasize s that the attack didn’t affect patient care, it’s novel Coronavirus work or the overall campus network.

The university said it is working with a cyber- security consultant and other outside experts to investigate the attack and bolster system defenses.

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