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Hackers strike again after county rejects ransom demand

Cyber criminals took a second swing at Mecklenburg County government on Thursday after officials rejected a demand for money following a ransomware attack.

The follow-up attempts to hold the county hostage over illegally encrypted data came just hours after County Manager Dena Diorio announced she’d decided against paying a hacker ransom. Instead of agreeing to pay criminals, she said Wednesday, the county will rebuild its system applications and restore files and data from backups.

But by Thursday afternoon, hackers tried to strike again.

Diorio sent staff members an email saying, “I have a new warning for employees.”

As the county’s IT staff worked to recover from the first cyberattack, Diorio said, they discovered more attempts to compromise computers and data on Thursday.

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