La Porte County Pays $130,000 Ransom To Ryuk Ransomware
Just days after the United States Conference of Mayors took a united stance “against paying ransoms in the event of an IT security breach,” another local government in the United States announced that it recently paid a significant sum to ransomware attackers in order to regain access to its data.
La Porte County, Indiana paid a total of $130,000 to get its data back after threat actors infected the county’s systems with Ryuk ransomware on June 6. While the county’s IT department managed to prevent the ransomware from infecting the entire network, the infection did impact two domain controllers as well as the county’s backup servers. As a result, the network became unavailable and recovery from backup was not possible. La Porte hired the services of a forensic investigation firm and the FBI also launched an investigation into the incident. However, once the agency concluded that it could not decrypt the data, the country decided to pay. $100,000 of the ransom is covered by insurance.