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Cisco Talos Roundtable: Should governments pay extortion payments after a ransomware attack?

Recently, I participated in a roundtable discussion with Cisco Talos…

In May, the city of Baltimore suffered a massive ransomware attack that took many of its systems down for weeks — restricting employees’ access to email, closing online payment portals and even preventing parking enforcement officials from writing parking tickets. After the attack, the city’s mayor said several times the city would not be paying the extortion request, but it’s still expected to cost the city more than $10 million to recover.

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