Slashdot reader thegarbz writes: In 2019 Maastricht University in the Netherlands was hit with a ransomware attack which locked 25,000 staff and students out of their research data. The university agreed to pay a ransom of €200,000 to unlock the encrypted data, reports German broadcaster DW. It seems that a small part of the ransom has been recovered, but with a twist.

Dutch police tracked down a bank account in Ukranian where a relatively small amount of the extortion money had been paid. In 2020 prosecutors were able to seize the account and find a lot of different cryptocurrencies. After more than two years, the authorities were able to return the money to the school. The Ukrainian account had a value of 40,000, but now it has a value of 500,000.

The money will be put into a fund to help students.