The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) ponied up $1.4 million to hackers to retrieve data encrypted during a NetWalker ransomware attack disclosed in early June. 

“The data that was encrypted is important to some of the academic work we pursue as a university serving the public good,” according to a  statement from UCSF, which said the university was able to stop the hackers in mid-attack and that it only affected a “limited number of servers” in the School of Medicine. “We therefore made the difficult decision to pay some portion of the ransom.”

The university said it quarantined several systems and isolated the incident from UCSF’s core network, explaining that the attack didn’t effect patient care delivery or its work on COVID-19.

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