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December 7, 2017
A hacker's attack slowed county government to a crawl Wednesday in North Carolina's most populous metro area as deputies processed jail inmates by hand, the tax office turned away electronic payments and building code inspectors switched to paper records.
Data was frozen on dozens of Mecklenburg County servers after one of its employees opened an email attachment carrying malicious software earlier this week. The hacker responsible — believed to be in Ukraine or Iran — has demanded more than $23,000 to restore access.
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