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A second small city in Florida is paying off cybercriminals to recover from a ransomware attack that crippled the municipality's local network. How much did Lake City agree to pay, and how much of that was covered by insurance?
The city of Riviera Beach, Florida, has agreed to pay hackers about $600,000 in bitcoin to end a ransomware attack that crippled the city's IT infrastructure for nearly a month. In another recent incident, Baltimore refused to pay a ransom after an attack and faces $18 million in recovery costs so far.