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A school district in northeastern Pennsylvania sent payments of over $38,000 to a hacker who had encrypted and locked the district's computer data over the summer.

The technology director for The Wyoming Area School District tells the Citizens' Voice newspaper the recovery effort will only cost the district $10,000 because an insurer will cover all other costs.

The FBI encourages victims to resist paying hacker's extortion demands for the key to unlock files.

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Butler County librarians are lending books the old-fashioned way—by tracking loans and due dates on paper—after a ransomware attack froze them out of their computers on Wednesday.

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How prepared is the city of Pittsburgh for a ransomware attack?

The former top federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania says cities like Pittsburgh can take simple steps to protect themselves from ransomware attacks like the ones crippling computer systems in Atlanta and Baltimore.

David Hickton served as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania under President Barack Obama from 2010 to 2016. He is the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security.