Oconee County Restores From Hack

Expected to re-open closed offices

July 19, 2019 - 9:54 am
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Authorities say malware designed to disrupt computer systems closed a South Carolina courthouse and compromised the local government's technology.

The Greenville News reports the FBI and the State Law Enforcement Division have been called to help with the blight on Oconee County's systems. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says the malware hit the servers Thursday and he hasn't yet seen any sort of ransom note demanding payment for the system's restoration. He says the breach's severity isn't yet clear.

The affected offices sit along a Walhalla street and don't include the sheriff's office, 911 communications system or local school district. County Administrator Amanda Brock said the offices were expected to reopen Friday morning, but some would have limited resources until the computer systems could be restored.

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