University of Calgary Systems Still Down After Paying Ransomware Fee

The University of Calgary is the most recent victim of ransomware attacks, and the school paid CND$20,000 in Bitcoin to get rid of the malware. Despite paying the fee, not all systems are back online, as the provided decryption keys do not restore all systems automatically.

Trouble started brewing for the University of Calgary on May 28, and students were advised not to connect their computers or other devices to the school network. Not even 24 hours later, the school was forced to admit they had become the victim of a ransomware attack, and productivity on the network was very limited for ten days.

The University of Calgary Feels After Effects

Albeit law enforcement agencies have warned about not paying the ransomware fee, the University of Calgary had little to no other option available. The school is known for its world-class research, and the store a lot of valuable documents on the network. Telling students and researchers how their life’s work is inaccessible due to a malware infection was never an option.

Eventually, the University of Calgary ended up paying the CND$20,000 ransomware fee, yet that was not the end of their troubles. Several days into decrypting

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