North Carolina County Refuses to Pay $23,000 Ransom to Hackers


Dena R. Diorio, the Mecklenburg County, N.C., manager, discussing the recent breach at a news conference in Charlotte on Wednesday.

Diedra Laird/The Charlotte Observer, via Associated Press

In a world rocked by hackers, trolls as well as also also online evildoers of all stripes, the Great people of the internet have long looked for a hero who would certainly refuse to back down. Finally, someone has said enough is usually enough. as well as also also in which someone is usually the government of Mecklenburg County, N.C.

The county, which includes the city of Charlotte, said on Wednesday in which in which would certainly not pay a $23,000 ransom to a group of hackers who seized control of several government computer systems. The breach was announced on Tuesday when the county government said on Twitter in which in which was “experiencing a computer-system outage.”

“I am confident in which our backup data is usually secure as well as also also we contain the resources to fix in which situation ourselves,” Dena R. Diorio, the Mecklenburg County manager, said in a statement on Wednesday. “in which will take time, nevertheless with patience as well as also also hard work, all of our systems will be back up as well as also also running as soon as possible.”

Mecklenburg is usually the most populous county in North Carolina, as well as also also the attack compromised many of its systems. nevertheless on Wednesday in which said in which was “open for business, albeit somewhat slower with limited access to systems.” Without the internet, civil servants were doing their jobs using “paper processes,” in which said.

Officials said they believed the hackers had not obtained the personal information of any employees or private citizens. The targeted systems included those of the tax assessor’s office as well as also also the Parks as well as also also Recreation as well as also also Social Services Departments, the county said in a statement.

Ransomware breaches are not uncommon. In May, tens of thousands of computers in more than 70 countries were hit by a ransomware attack in which used software stolen via the National Security Agency. The next month, a second ransomware attack swept through more than 64 countries.

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