Florida Riviera Beach City Council this week agreed to pay more than $ 600.000 to ransomware administrators to retrieve data that was encrypted three weeks ago.
The decision of the city council, as reported CBS News, emerged when officials concluded that there was no other way to retrieve the city records.
It should be noted that the city also paid $ 941.000 for new computers.
Access to Riviera City data has not been available since May 29, 2019, when a Riviera Beach municipal police officer opened an e-mail containing ransomware. Of course malware infected the city network.
The ransomware locked the files in all the services of the city. Everything stopped working, except for the 911 services, which continued to work, but to a limited extent.
The city website, the mail server, the billing system and everything else stopped working, and communications were only by phone.
City officials held a first meeting on June 3, when they decided to allocate $ 941.000 for 310 new desktops and 90 laptops, so that the city can have a proper infrastructure again after the incident.
At first they did not plan to pay the ransom but in recent weeks they realized that they were not able to recover the encrypted data.
So on Monday they unanimously decided to pay 65 bitcoins (about $ 603.000) for ransom.
The vote lasted only two minutes, according with the local Palm Beach Post.
Riviera Beach is a suburb north of Palm Beach, Florida. Last year, another Palm Beach suburb - Palm Springs - also ransomed a ransomware, but lost two years of data.
However, Riviera City is not the victim who paid the most ransom. This "price" is held by a South Korean web hosting company Nayana, who paid $ 1,14 million in bitcoins, following a ransomware attack in June 2017.