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After a cyberattack on one of the most populated counties in North Carolina left many government computer systems compromised, county officials said it would not pay the hackers a $23,000 ransom demand, The New York Times reports. Officials believe the compromised information did not include personal information and plan to rebuild targeted systems from stored backup data. In a statement, Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio said, “I am confident that our backup data is secure and we have the resources to fix this situation ourselves.� Diorio explained, while it would take time to restore systems, it was the only guaranteed fix, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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