Well sq miles it's bigger than Atlanta. Population of metro area around 1 million. I assume 500 servers is about right.
They did not pay the ransom. Heard on news this morning they are working it out internally. I live here by the way.
I teach programming in college. We proctor Exams to make sure the student's are capable of doing the coding. It's open book. Sure you can Google to fine solutions, but if you don't understand what you did then how can you pass an employee test to land a job? We talk to employers (BofA, Duke...
Just so long as they don't hit anyones sewer causing a back up in your house and also hit your power by boring under your yard. Yes AT&T did that to my house and we're still trying to get our floor fixed. An AT&T guy came by my house yesterday to try and sell me their shit. Guess what I told him. :)