Posted by: on November 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Lansing BWL pays ransom

No services were disrupted, but the Lansing Board of Water and Light was hit with a major ransomware attack that cost them millions – including the ransom.

Ever wonder about the fallout from a ransomware attack? Lansing Board of Water & Light was hit last spring and filed a $1.9 million dollar insurance claim, plus a $100,000 deductible, plus another $500,000 in uncovered costs. On top of all that, they paid the ransom of $25,000.

Total price? $2,525,000

How did they get infected? Just a simple email like we see every day, but with a bad attachment. (Here are a couple of examples of how to detect a bad email.)

We don’t know why Lansing BWL wasn’t able to recover their data and restore their network without paying the ransom, but it’s a sober warning to all businesses about the importance of excellent data backups and knowing what you’re opening.

More About Ransom Ware:

“How Your Firewall Protects You From Ransomware”

“Why So Much Talk About Ransomware?”

“FBI Says NOT to Pay Ransomware”

Source: Lansing State Journal

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