University of Utah Pays Ransom to Avoid Data Disclosure

Doug Olenick

The University of Utah paid a $457,000 ransom to stop a hacker from disclosing data stolen in a July ransomware attack on the network of its College of Social and Behavioral Science.

"After careful consideration, the university decided to work with its cyber insurance provider to pay a fee to the ransomware attacker," the university said in a statement. "This was done as a proactive and preventive step to ensure information was not released on the internet."

A cyber insurance policy paid a portion of the ransom, and the university covered the remainder, officials say.

Corey Roach, the university's CISO, tells...

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