A Dutch college that fell sufferer to an enormous ransomware assault has partly acquired again its stolen cash… which within the meantime greater than doubled in worth, a information report mentioned on Saturday.
The southern Maastricht College in 2019 was hit by a big cyberattack through which criminals used ransomware, a sort of malicious software program that locks worthwhile knowledge and might solely be accessed as soon as the sufferer pays a ransom quantity.
“The criminals had encrypted tons of of Home windows servers and backup methods, stopping 25,000 college students and workers from accessing scientific knowledge, library and mail,” the each day De Volkskrant mentioned.
The hackers demanded EUR 200,000 (roughly Rs.1.6 crore) in Bitcoins.
“After per week the college determine to accede to the prison gang’s demand,” the paper mentioned.
“This was partly as a result of private knowledge was in peril of being misplaced and college students have been unable to take an examination or work on their theses,” it mentioned.
Dutch police traced a part of the ransom paid to an account belonging to a cash launderer in Ukraine.
Prosecutors in 2020 seized this man’s account, which contained plenty of completely different cryptocurrencies together with a part of the ransom cash paid by Maastricht.
“When, now after greater than two years, it was lastly potential to get that cash to the Netherlands, the worth had elevated from 40,000 euros to half-a-million euros,” the paper mentioned.
Maastricht College will now get the EUR 500,000 (roughly Rs. 4.1 crore) again.
“This cash is not going to go to a basic fund, however right into a fund to assist financially strapped college students,” Maastricht College ICT director Michiel Borgers mentioned.
The investigation into the hackers accountable for the assault on the college continues to be ongoing, De Volkskrant added.