Ransomware Slows North Carolina County Offices to a Crawl

Ransomware Strikes North Carolina County Offices

Another ransomware attack has been executed.  This time, the victim was North Carolina’s Davidson County.  Officials noticed an issue with their systems on February 16, 2018.  The malicious infection took down several county office networks, forcing employees to go back to pen and paper.  It remains unclear if the emergency systems are fully operational; however, officials reported 911 calls are still being addressed.

Reports suggest all of the county’s files are encrypted, and it is unclear when the systems will be back online.  At this time, the specific ransomware variant has not been disclosed, nor has the ransom demand.  It remains uncertain if the county will pay the ransom, or use their backup files to restore their systems.

Other Ransomware Attacks

For a list of ransomware attacks that have already taken place in 2018, you may click here. We have also created a map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.

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