In a move that will undoubtedly encourage such attacks to continue, the City of Riviera Beach elected to pay its attacker a $600K ransom. If you’re a municipal or county government, take note: you’re now an A-lister for a targeted ransomware attack. 

The attack, which began on May 29th when a police department employee opened a malicious email attachment, ultimately disabled all of the city’s online systems, including email, a water utility pumping station, some phones, and the ability to accept utility payments online or by credit card. 

Paying the ransom for ransomware is rarely recommended. Riviera Beach has not yet reported whether it has been given the key to decrypt its locked files. 

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Ross is the Security Practice Manager here at Symplexity. His sixteen-year career in the computer network security industry as both an engineer and a consultant gives him the experience in qualitative risk assessment, security policy development, and security architecture design, implementation, and monitoring. He works effectively with both technical and managerial personnel across a wide variety of verticals to be their trusted resource.

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