Officials in Jackson County, Georgia, paid $400,000 to cyber-criminals this week to get rid of a ransomware infection and regain access to their IT systems.
The ransomware hit the county’s internal network last week, on Friday, March 1, 11Alive reported on Wednesday.
The infection forced most of the local government’s IT systems offline, with the exception of its website and 911 emergency system.
“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.”