This comes days after Riviera Beach, a Florida city more than 300 miles away, announced that it would be paying hackers up to $600,000 to recover from a ransomware attack.
Lake City isn’t the first local government to pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers over ransomware, and it’s not likely it’ll be the last.
Lake City’s computer systems had been down for at least two weeks, as malware seeped through the local government’s network and locked down computers, holding them hostage unless officials paid the price.
Lake City, Florida will pay $460,000 to unlock its computers after suffering a ransomware attack for over two weeks.
The northern Florida city said on Tuesday that it would be paying hackers up to $460,000 in bitcoin to recover its computer systems.
Lake City’s police said it was investigating the hackers behind the attack.
In the last week, hackers have made more than $1 million from ransomware payments out of Florida.https://t.co/9KBthKLWpc— CNET News (@CNETNews) June 26, 2019