- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana county plans to store its government data at a pair of off-site locations after a computer hack earlier this year.

The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/2hp1qo2 ) that Madison County will pay about $80,000 to store the county’s computer files with a firm based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The county also will pay $82,500 for equipment that will be used for off-site data storage in Anderson.

Before the November attack in which hackers demanded a ransom the county only backed up data on its own computer network. The ransomware attack affected 600 personal computers and up to 75 servers. Workers spent weeks restoring the central Indiana county’s government computer system. The county had to pay $21,000 to obtain encryption keys to regain access to the information.

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Information from: The Herald Bulletin, https://www.theheraldbulletin.com

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