The Riviera Beach City Council voted this week to pay a 65-bitcoin, or $600,000, ransom in an attempt to have its computer system decrypted following a May 29 ransomware attack.

This is in addition to the $914,000 the Florida city has had to pay for new computers damaged in the attack.

The city council based its decision on the council of an outside security firm it brought in to help handle the issue. City spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown told CBS Miami the city has been working with outside security consultants, who recommended the ransom be paid even though there was no guarantee the payment would result in the files being restored.

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