The ‘Netwalker’ criminal gang attacked University of California San Francisco (UCSF) on 1 June 2020. IT staff unplugged computers in a race to stop the malware spreading. The UCSF negotiator said the attack couldn’t have come at a worse time. The department was racing to try to help develop some kind of treatment or vaccine for Covid-19, the negotiator said, and hinted that the researchers hadn’t taken the time to duly back up their data.
This is a useful case-study that came out in the press which vividly illustrates the realities of the more serious ransomware attacks and payment negotiations.