(WCNC) Multiple files from North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County server are being held for ransom after they were hacked, County Manager Dena Diorio said Tuesday.
According to Diorio, a county employee clicked an attachment in an email they should not have, exposing the files to the hackers. The hackers demanding two Bitcoin, or $23,000, in ransom money to release the files.
Diorio said no personal information was compromised during the hack. The hackers told Mecklenburg County they have until 1 p.m. Wednesday to pay the ransom.
Diorio said Mecklenburg County officials are considering paying the ransom but are also evaluating how much it would cost to decrypt the files themselves.
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