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A request to the county for comment Thursday morning was not immediately fulfilled.

Hackers attacked Fulton County over the weekend of Jan. 27-28, taking down many county systems, locking up computer files, and apparently stealing a trove of internal documents. The attack crippled many systems, including phones and online services. Most phones are working again, and most online services have been restored; but for days offices worked on paper and some bills could only be paid in person or by mail.

County officials eventually confirmed it was a ransomware attack, but neither they nor LockBit specified the ransom demand.

An international law enforcement effort shut down the group’s dark web site Feb. 19 — including the countdown clocks for Fulton County and other hacking victims. But on Saturday, the group set a new countdown timer for release of Fulton County documents: Friday at 11:27 p.m.

Then the deadline moved up to 8:49 a.m. on Thursday.

Fulton County released a statement Monday afternoon acknowledging the renewed threat, and suggesting again that the county would not pay the unspecified ransom.

“Our focus remains on safely restoring services for our citizens and we continue to work in close coordination with law enforcement,” it says.

AJC staff writers Charles Minshew and Rahul Deshpande contributed to this report.


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