Paying a ransom to regain access to a city’s data and systems has become increasingly common over the last few months. However, one study shows that most taxpayers are not happy when their elected officials give in to an attacker’s demand.
Sixty percent of taxpayers said they are against giving in to the ransom demanded by malicious actors, according to a survey – conducted by Morning Consult and sponsored by IBM Security – of 2,200 U.S. citizens spanning various city sizes, ages, incomes and political views. The same number stated they would rather see their tax dollars go toward paying for a recovery effort – even if it is more expensive – than putting their hard-earned dollars into a criminal’s pocket.
While paying ransoms has not become the norm, many governmental organizations have opted to do so this year, with many citing the fact that their cyber insurance policies would cover the majority of the cost. Lake City and Riviera Beach, Fla.; the Rockville Center, N.Y. School District; LaPorte County, Ind.; and Jackson County, Ga. all opted to pay, citing insurance coverage and the high cost of rebuilding their systems as the primary reasons.
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