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I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that Riviera Beach officials are paying a ransom to a computer hacker. Just because insurance is paying this doesn’t make it right. Everyone understands this basic concept, its Ransom 101: when you pay the ransom, the criminal is emboldened to do this again. Next time it may be Fort Lauderdale’s computer system or a state computer system. In no circumstance should a ransom be paid. Rather, the city should use these and more funds to correct the problem and make sure that no stone is left unturned in finding and prosecuting the criminals. The citizens of Riviera Beach should be outraged, and these officials should be removed at the first opportunity.