The University of Utah’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences confirmed that they were targeted by a ransomware attack on July 19.
According to a statement from the university, The group left many computers inaccessible for several hours While staff shut down servers to prevent malware from spreading to other computers on the school network.
After an internal discussion Officials decided to work with the school’s cyber insurer to pay a ransom of $ 457,059 to prevent a data breach.
University staff made it clear that the insurance policy paid part of the ransom and covered the rest itself. No details have been released about the cryptocurrency involved in this transaction.
At the beginning of June, The media reported that the ransomware group NetWalker attacked Michigan State University (MSU). While the group threatened to lose student files and financial documents, university officials said they refused to pay the ransom.
Cointelegraph also reported on June 3 that the ransomware group, NetWalker had also attacked three US-based universities.