(UPI.COM) – Hackers have targeted another city with another ransomware cyberattack – this time in South Florida, where officials have agreed to pay $600,000 to avoid the type of problems that have crippled Baltimore systems for weeks.
The cyberattack was launched three weeks ago against computerized systems in Riviera Beach, about 75 miles north of Miami, authorities said. This week, the city voted unanimously to pay the ransom – a move that drew some criticism. City officials believe it's the only way to regain control of its systems and records, which the hackers encrypted.
The council has also agreed to spend more than $1 million on new computers and security. The FBI, Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security are investigating the attack.
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Riviera Beach is at least the third city in recent weeks to be held hostage by hackers. Baltimore and Greenville, N.C., were hit by previous cyberattacks. Some systems in Baltimore, which has not paid a demanded $75,000 ransom, are still down.