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Chenango County hit with cyberattack

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NORWICH (WBNG) -- Unable to access any of their computer network, Chenango County employees have had to come up with other solutions.

The county Director of Information and Technology Herman Ericksen told 12 News the county system was attacked over the weekend.

Hackers locked out employees and demanded $450 for each computer in exchange for giving back control; this is commonly known as a ransomware attack.

Ericksen said not all but most county departments were affected. He said Thursday Chenango County is not going to pay the ransoms, but rather try to rebuild the server themselves.

The IT director said there is a backup of the system that could help the county restore all of their computers.

Ericksen said the New York State Police, as well as state tech experts, and the Department of Homeland Security are currently assisting the county. There is no clear timeline on how long the cyberattack will last, and Ericksen said he didn't know how long it would take to rebuild the system either.

Josh Rosenblatt

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