Rock County refusing to pay bad actors who launched ransomware attack | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Rock County officials are refusing to pay the $1.9 million hackers are seeking to unlock files that were encrypted during a recent ransomware attack.

County Administrator Josh smith says nobody wants to incentivize criminal behavior.

Smith says fortunately all critical systems are back online, while some less important systems are still being worked on.

In addition to encrypting data, the criminal actor was able to remove files from some county systems.

Smith says fortunately they have no reason to believe that data with the most sensitive personally identifiable information of County employees was taken.


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