Information posted online after North Carolina ransomware attack
PITTSBORO, NC (AP) — Officials in a North Carolina county say an investigation into a cyber attack on its computer network showed personal information posted for sale on the “dark web.”
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the Chatham County network was hit by a ransomware attack on Oct. 28.
It began with a phishing email with a malicious attachment.
County spokeswoman Kara Dudley says the hacker sent a ransom note asking for 50 bitcoins, or about $2.4 million. The county refused to pay.
Staffers are working with state officials to identify the affected files and to notify people whose information may be at risk.