“The University of Calgary has admitted to paying out $20,000 in Canadian dollars to a cyberattacker that infected the institution’s systems with malware.”
See University gives in to $20,000 ransomware demandThis is sad news. A big Canadian university gives in to extortion. It’s probably compounded bad news that the university gave in to Wintel’s wishes that they have a monoculture of fluffy software foisted on the world by monopolists.
Obviously many use That Other OS for valid purposes but few would do so if this incident was on their radar. There are hundreds of such malwares. How many times will the university pay up for permission to use the hardware they own? They’ve already likely paid Intel double the value for their chips, M$, even more for permission to use Intel’s chips and now a steady stream of cyber-criminals.
I recommend the university use Debian GNU/Linux, software that works for them, not against them. It worked for me and my schools when I was a teacher. I had thousands of issues with That Other OS and very few problems since migrating to GNU/Linux.