MI: Lansing Board of Water & Light paid $25,000 ransom after cyberattack in April

There’s an update to a ransomware attack on Lansing Board of Water & Light that had been reported back in May. The Lansing State Journal reported this week:

The Lansing Board of Water & Light paid a $25,000 ransom to unlock its internal communications systems after they were disabled by a cyberattack last spring, officials said Tuesday.

BWL General Manager Dick Peffley pegged the cost of responding to the emergency, including the ransom and technology upgrades to prevent future attacks, at $2.4 million. All but $500,000 of those costs are covered by insurance, he said.

” … Paying the ransom was distasteful and disgusting, but sadly necessary,” Peffley said during a meeting of the BWL Board of Commissioners’ Committee of the Whole on Tuesday night. Paying the ransom was “the only action we could take to unlock our system and free it from the ransomware.”

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