NC: County computers shut down by ransomware

Ben Coley reports:

The Davidson County government’s ability to conduct business on computers has been stopped by a software virus known as ransomware, according to County Manager Zeb Hanner.

Hanner said officials learned about the issue around 2 a.m. Friday. He noted that all the files are encrypted and that the hackers are asking for an undisclosed amount of bitcoin, a type of cyber currency gaining popularity. None of the phone systems for county offices are working, as well.

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