Ransomware

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The economic impact of ransomware attacks is expected to reach more than $11 billion in 2019, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. State and local governments are increasingly vulnerable, and North Carolina is not immune to this growing problem.

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Two major data breaches in North Carolina have come to light in the past week. 

City Of Durham Fends Off "Ransomware" Attacks

Feb 24, 2016
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The city of Durham withstood two computer viruses in the last week that try to lock files and hold them for ransom.

Hackers used "ransomware" in the attacks, and the virus is a growing concern in cyber security.

“It’s still not super common, but once you’ve got it, there’s not a whole lot of recourse for getting your data back except for paying the ransom unfortunately,” said Pam Guidry-Vollers, a software specialist at The Computer Cellar.