Michigan State Refuses to Pay Ransom to Hackers

  • Michigan State University (MSU) has stated it will not pay an undisclosed ransom to hackers who are threatening to publish stolen sensitive information.
  • “Paying cyber-intrusion ransoms perpetuates these crimes and provides an opportunity for the group to live another day and prey upon another victim,” said Kelly Roudebush, chief of the MSU police department.
  • The intrusion is believed to have occurred on Memorial Day and was isolated to the university’s physics and astronomy department. It is thought to have compromised some student personal information and financial documents.
  • MSU took swift action to take off line impacted servers and workstations and is investigating with the help of law enforcement.
  • Columbia University of Chicago and the University of California, San Francisco, have also been targeted, according to Twitter user Ransom Leaks.