Dawson County officials investigate ransomware attack - CBS46 News

Dawson County officials investigate ransomware attack

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Cyber security experts are continuing to work at Dawson County facilities in response to a ransonware attack.

Officials tell CBS46, the Dawson County IT Department was notified by a county employee about difficulty assessing a computer file. It was quickly discovered that some computer systems had possibly been compromised.

Local law enforcement officials, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service also are involved in the investigation.

They're still working to figure out how the hackers go through, but the Secret Service is tracing the source to somewhere in the United Kingdom.

When Atlanta's computer's were frozen, the hackers asked for $50,000. The demands in Dawsonville haven't been announced yet.

As far as we know, Atlanta never paid the ransom, but it cost the city millions and took many weeks to recover from that weakness in their security.

Unlike in Atlanta, it seems like people in Dawson County will not see any services interrupted. The hack's only making life tougher for government employees trying to do their jobs, but that may change depending on how long this drags on.

At this time, no personnel data is believed compromised. The incident remains under investigation.

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