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University Of Calgary Paid $20,000 In Ransom To Hackers

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The University of Calgary paid $20,000 in ransom after a malware attack on the school's computers last week.

The university announced the payment in a release Tuesday, 10 days after a cyberattack that left students and staff unable to access university-issued computers, email or Skype.

"A ransomware attack involves an unknown cyberattacker locking or encrypting computers or computer networks until a ransom is paid, and when it is, keys, or methods of decryption, are provided," wrote Linda Dalgetty, vice-president of finances and services at the university, in a release.

No personal or university data was released to the public. The school is working with Calgary police to investigate the attack.

The school's IT department is still working to recover data and make sure all of affected systems are operational.

"We thank students, faculty and staff for their tremendous patience and understanding as we continue to work through this very challenging issue," wrote Dalgetty.

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