No Decision Made Whether To Pay Hackers' Ransom After Mecklenburg Co. Breach

No Decision Made Whether To Pay Hackers' Ransom After Mecklenburg Co. Breach

No Decision Made Whether To Pay Hackers' Ransom After Mecklenburg Co. Breach

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The breach reportedly happened when a county employee clicked on a bad attachment in an email, exposing the files. Diorio said no personal information was compromised during the hack.

County manager Dena Diorio told reporters it could take "days not hours" to restore the computers and bring full service back, regardless of whether the county pays the ransom.

This is a developing story.

The ransomware was quickly spotted and isolated, but still affected 48 of the county's 500 servers, Diorio said.

County spokesman Leo Caplanides said in an email that he could offer no further information. The county was "open for business" but many operations had slowed, she added.

During a press conference scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday, county officials said they have not made a decision whether or not to pay the ransom but are planning on making a decision "by the end of the day".

This isn't the first instance of such an attack targeting local government computer systems.

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Many Mecklenburg County functions have come to a halt after a ransomware attack encrypted files on at least 30 county servers. That information was also being evaluated on Wednesday, WBTV was told.

- Mecklenburg County had an intrusion earlier this morning on their online and computer systems.

A deadline is approaching for one of North Carolina's largest counties to respond to a hacker who froze county servers and is demanding ransom.

Diorio said a comprehensive list of the departments that will be moving to paper will be released Wednesday.

She says it's her call whether to pay them and she's debating doing that.

The county issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday asking residents to contact county offices before visiting to see whether they are offering services.

Diorio is now working with a "third party forensic expert" to navigate the county's next steps.

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