Hackers seeking ransom hit Maine town’s computer system

Computers at the Rockport Town Office are back up and running after a hackers’ virus invaded its computer servers Friday, encrypting the office’s data and demanding ransom payment.

No data were stolen from the servers, according to Rockport Town Manager Rick Bates. The town’s IT specialist was able to rebuild the system and retrieve the majority of data that had been encrypted.

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Town employees noticed Friday afternoon that they were being locked out of files in the office’s system. The IT specialist was then called to shut down the office’s computer servers.

Bates said the IT specialist worked throughout the night Friday and for the majority of the long weekend to rebuild the system and retrieve all but a day’s worth of data. The town office has handwritten copies of the lost data, which will need to be re-entered into the system.

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