The U of C just broke the law. This will come back to bite them. They have to know that the funds paid will allow the terrorist to attack more sites, and thus, they are indirectly supporting those activities.
Financing of Terrorism
83.02 Every one who, directly or indirectly, wilfully and without lawful justification or excuse, provides or collects property intending that it be used or knowing that it will be used, in whole or in part, in order to carry out
(a) an act or omission that constitutes an offence referred to in subparagraphs (a)(i) to (ix) of the definition of terrorist activity in subsection 83.01(1), or
(b) any other act or omission intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to a civilian or to any other person not taking an active part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, if the purpose of that act or omission, by its nature or context, is to intimidate the public, or to compel a government or an international organization to do or refrain from doing any act,
is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years.
2001, c. 41, s. 4.
Our government needs to step up and do a lot more to help protect internet users from these types of attacks. These attacks are becoming all to common and with out higher powers getting involved the issues are only going to get much worse. I understand their position in paying the ransom however they need to realize that in doing so they unfortunately are supporting this type of crime and helping the criminals cause to do more damage faster to even more online users.