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University Of Utah Pays $450K To Stop Cyberattack On Servers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah says it paid extortionists almost half a million dollars after a ransomware attack on some of its computer servers.

The college is telling students, staff and faculty to change their university passwords. The university says in a statement it paid $457,000 to an "unknown entity" that hacked the College of Social and Behavioral Science servers on July 19, rendering them "temporarily inaccessible."

The cyber criminals encrypted about 0.02% of the data stored there before the U.'s Information Security Office detected the attack.