After a spate of ransomware attacks on government organizations, the FBI has come up with a new stance on paying up ransomware demands.
The latest groups to be targeted by high-value ransomware attacks are hospital organizations in Alabama, USA, and Victoria, Australia. Both resulted in hospitals turning away non-critical patients as employees worked to restore IT systems.
The attacks on government and healthcare providers have forced victims to question whether it is better to restore systems that may not have been adequately backed up or just pay the attackers. The question is particularly acute when the cost of downtime is greater than the ransom demand.