A day after a gunman killed three sailors on its Navy base, city computers in Pensacola, Fla. were attacked by a ransomware virus — and the hackers are now seeking $1 million to return the documents compromised in the attack, a city spokesperson said.
The two attacks were not connected, the FBI said.
The city is not insured against a cyber attack and was still deciding on Friday whether or not to pay the $1 million.
A cybersecurity blog this week reported a group known as Maze claimed responsibility for the attack and has threatened to release documents from the city if they do not pay the ransom.
Pensacola is the latest city to be hit by hackers targeting local governments. In May, a cyberattack hit Baltimore and cost the city millions of dollars to repair after it refused to hand of $76,000 in ransom.
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