SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Hackers who attacked University of California computer servers at the San Francisco School of Medicine were paid a ransom of over $ 1 million so that researchers could regain access to data which had been maliciously encrypted by malware, university officials said Friday.
The school’s IT staff detected a security incident on June 1 and the affected areas, described as “a limited number of servers in the School of Medicine”, have been isolated from the UCSF core network.
The attack left the servers inaccessible and the malware was loaded during the violation of the encrypted data on the affected servers which were used by the attackers as evidence of what had been perpetrated.
“Encrypted data is important for some of the academic activities we pursue as a university serving the public good,”
Officials pointed out that the attack did not affect patient care, his new work on coronavirus or the overall campus network.
The university said it is working with an IT security consultant and other external experts to investigate the defenses of the attack and enforcement system.
Contaminated servers are expected to be restored in the near future.
“This incident reflects the growing use of malware by cybercriminals around the world in search of monetary gain, including numerous recent attacks on higher education institutions,” said the university. “We continue to work with law enforcement and appreciate everyone’s understanding that we are limited in what we can share as we continue with our investigations.”
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