Georgia County Pays a Whopping $400,000 to Remove a Ransomware Infection


County hired cyber-security consultant to negotiate ransom fee with hacker group

Ransomware has become a cottage tech industry, and no one is immune. Nobody knows this better than Georgia County, who just parted with $400,000 because of lack of technical foresight.

"Everything we have is down," Sheriff Janis Mangum told StateScoop in an interview. "We are doing our bookings the way we used to do it before computers. We're operating by paper in terms of reports and arrest bookings. We've continued to function. It's just more difficult."

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