Three years after paying a ransom in bitcoins, a Dutch university recovers double the amount

This outcome, no one expected. Threatened by hackers in 2019, a Dutch university gave in and ransom the perpetrators of this cyberattack. But three years later, the establishment will be able to recover two and a half times the sum that was then stolen from it in bitcoins… All this thanks to the net jump in the value of the cryptocurrency, reported the daily From Volkskrant. At the time, Maastricht University’s computer systems had been locked down by ransomware: malicious software that hackers unlock against payment of a certain sum.

“The criminals had encrypted hundreds of Windows servers and backup systems, preventing 25,000 students and employees from accessing scientific data, the library and mail”indicates the daily From Volkskrant. Requiring the equivalent of 200,000 euros in bitcoins, the university finally accepted the request of the hackers, to be able to recover access to many data of the establishment, risking being lost.


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