Hackers hit Carroll County Sheriff's Department computer system

Published: Dec. 13, 2016 at 10:01 AM CST
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The Carroll County Sheriff's Department paid a ransom after its computer system was hacked this month.

Carroll County Sheriff's Lt. Daniel Klatt says the department's system was hit Dec. 5 with ransomware, which typically works by encrypting files until the victim pays the hackers, often in the electronic currency bitcoin.

Klatt says the department paid three bitcoin - or about $2,400 - to unlock the computer system. The hackers encrypted the department's management system, which holds reports, bookings and other day-to-day operational data.

Klatt says none of the data was stolen and the county's computer system's was back up on Monday.


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