Two schools, two ransomware attack and two different outcomes.

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit school system was able to fend off a recent ransomware attack using back up files, meanwhile the University of Maastricht just disclosed it paid 30 bitcoins to regain control of its encrypted computer network.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), a regional public education agency that is part of Pennsylvania's public education system, reported that portions of its network recently were hit with ransomware with the attackers demanding a ransom payment to restore the files. The school system refused to pay the unnamed amount.

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