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 CISO at Symplexity. He has achieved CCIE Security and CISSP certifications, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and has 20 years of experience in the fields of computer and network security engineering and consulting. Ross provides virtual CISO services for our Symplexity Secure clients and helps them to identify information security risks and implement administrative, procedural, and technical controls to mitigate. He works effectively with both technical and managerial personnel and is a trusted resource for our clients.

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