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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of Management & Finance

Bureau of Technology Services

BTS HelpDesk: 503-823-5199

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1111, Portland, OR 97204

$600k Ransomware paid by Florida City

By Brian Ventura


The City of Portland has not had to pay and we have built controls to protect the City network. However, this is still a possibility and a reason to stay vigilant when interacting with email or phone calls.

Paying the criminals incentivizes others to continue to phish users and ransom data. Baltimore did not pay in early-May and they have been down for more than a month. Riviera paid, now we will see how easily they recover. Both Baltimore and Riviera have a long process of cleaning up the infection and understanding all parts of their networks that are infected. Baltimore's ransomware has cost more than $25M. Riviera is not done with costs. They are likely to pay a proportional amount to Baltimore after cleanup.