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Ransomware Attacker Demands $23K from Mecklenburg County

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A criminal who infected the computer systems of Mecklenburg County with ransomware has demanded a ransom payment of $23,000 for the decryption key.

On 5 December, the government for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina informed its Twitter followers that it was “experiencing a computer-system outage.”

We are experiencing a computer-system outage. If you are planning to go to a County office to conduct business, please contact the office prior to going to ensure you can be served. Details » https://t.co/7MD7bBh4BV pic.twitter.com/TTdNKezd2s— Mecklenburg County (@MeckCounty) December 5, 2017

In a statement posted to the County’s website, government officials explain the impact of the incident:

“… [A]ll County-wide Information Technology Services (ITS) systems will be shut down until further notice. This will affect email, printing and other County applications, including the ability to conduct business at most County offices. At this time, there is no Estimated Time of...(continued)
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