A city in Florida has decided to pay-out nearly $600,000 worth of bitcoin to hackers who jeopardized its computer systems at the end of May, according to a report by The New York Times.
Riviera Beach, a 35,000-person city north of West Palm Beach, agreed during a city council meeting Monday to pay the hackers to restore its computer networks, which were crippled by an email virus. It is the latest type of extortion of a municipality, which typically rely on out-dated technology, according to the report.
“The complexity and severity of these ransomware attacks just continues to increase,” Jason Rebholz, a principal for Moxfive, told The New York Times. As per the report, Rebholz says hackers are increasingly targeting municipalities.
“The sophistication of these threat actors is increasing faster than many organizations and cities are able to keep pace with.”
Atlanta, Newark, and Sarasota are among the other cities that have recently been hit by such schemes, according to CBS News.