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Hacker holds Mecklenburg County server files for ransom; deadline at 1 p.m.

Joe Bruno reports:

Mecklenburg County officials are holding a 2 p.m. news conference on the attack and ransom demand. Channel 9 will carry it live HEREand on Facebook Live.

A hacker is holding files on Mecklenburg County‘s server for ransom and has given the county a Wednesday deadline to pay up, according to Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio.Dioriotold Channel 9 that someone opened an email they shouldn’t have opened, which helped the hacker infiltrate the system and cause a countywide outage.Mecklenburg County officials and attorneys said there is a language barrier with the hacker. They’re trying to determine if the hacker wants twobitcoin, which is roughly $25,000, per server or two bitcoin per file, which would make the ransom demand much higher.

Read more on WSOC-TV.

A language barrier? Seriously? Hard to believe that they seriously wonder if it is is per file as opposed to per server.

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