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Virus shuts down North Carolina county’s computer network

March 18, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in a North Carolina county say a ransomware virus has shut down its entire computer network.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports officials in Orange County say the virus caused slowdowns and service problems at key public offices. The source of the attack is still unknown, but it was discovered around 6 a.m. Monday, leading to the entire computer network being shut down out of precaution.

The county’s register of deeds office could not process real estate closings or issue marriage licenses, the county’s housing department couldn’t process any vouchers and the Tax Office was unable to verify tax bills.

Jim Northrup, chief information officer for Orange County’s IT department, said the county wasn’t close to a total fix and it’s unclear when service might be restored.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com