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University of Hawaii makes payout to cyber criminals


HONOLULU (KHON2) — The University of Hawaii negotiated with cyber criminals for the first time to resolve a ransomware attack on Hawaii Community College.

College officials said they made the difficult decision to prevent sensitive information of tens of thousands from being dumped on the internet.

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A spokesman for UH said the data of about 28,000 current and former employees and students was compromised in June, 2023. The criminal entity — which UH said had a confirmed history of posting stolen information when an agreement was not reached — put officials on notice.


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