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Georgia County Pays $400,000 to Ransomware Attackers

March 12, 2019 / Scott Ferguson

Officials in Jackson County, Georgia, along with the FBI are investigating a ransomware attack that crippled IT systems over a two-week period. Struggling to recover from the outage, local officials reportedly paid a ransom worth $400,000 in bitcoins to restore IT systems and infrastructure. Jackson County Manager Kevin Poe told Online Athens that the county government decided to cough up the ransom late last week after IT systems had been offline since about March 1, forcing officials to use paper and pen to complete numerous task, although police radios and the 911 system continued to function. Suspects in criminal cases could still be booked in the local jail, but deputies needed to fill out all paperwork by hand, Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum told StateScoop. County officials could not be immediately reached for additional comment. A post on the county's Facebook page dated March 6 informs residents that the email systems remain down and that anyone seeking help should ca...