Lake City: 2nd Florida city pays hackers, as 3rd city faces breach

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 11:39:15-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A second small Florida city has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers who took over most of its computer operations, just as a third Florida city reports it had its data breached.

The city manager of Lake City says it paid about $460,000 in bitcoin Tuesday to recover data and computer operations. Lake City is about 60 miles west of Jacksonville.

In a separate case, the Village of Key Biscayne, near Miami, reported a data breach earlier this week.

This comes a week after Riviera Beach in South Florida agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers last week.

Joseph Helfenberg, city manager of Lake City, says it was the cheapest option available since the city is paying a $10,000 deductible, and the rest is being covered by its insurer.