A major ransomware attack has forced the shutdown of a host of IT systems at Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
County officials are deciding whether to pay the ransom, which news reports say is $23,000. The hackers have demanded for the payment in bitcoin. One bitcoin is worth approximately $13,000.
Fox 46 reports that hackers froze a number of servers in the attack, preventing county official from accessing the information stored on them.
Systems affected by the shutdown span human resources, finance, parks and recreation, social services, deeds registration, assessor’s office, tax office and Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA).