California College Pays Hacker Ransom for Compromised Student Data

January 10, 2017

A California community college has paid a $28,000 ransom after a hacker took student data hostage.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported that 1,800 Los Angeles Valley College teachers and staff were locked out of their computers last week, leaving the data of 20,000 students compromised. College administrators elected to pay the $28,000 ransom in bitcoins rather than leave students without their data.

Officials say it was ultimately cheaper to pay the ransom than to remove the unidentified ransomware virus.

Computer systems throughout the Valley Glen campus suffered a data breach on Dec. 30 and administrators decided to pay the hackers last week.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cyber-attack.


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  • January 12, 2017 at 9:47 am
    blu lightning says:
    Seems like its generally a bad idea to pay ransom. For this school, it only serves to be an advertisement to others to hack them again knowing that they were willing to pay ra... read more
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