Genesee County computer networks attacked by ransomware

Associated Press

Flint – Officials say a Michigan county’s computer networks were attacked by a ransomware-type virus.

Genesee County said in a statement Tuesday that the attack “held hostage our files and demanded payment for their release.”

Josh Freeman, the county’s board and capital projects coordinator, tells The Flint Journal the files have been locked down but an assessment shows none were taken. The county’s Information Technology Department worked to isolate the attack and restore systems to normal capacity afterward.

The newspaper says the county paid no fee for the release of the information and didn’t respond to the demand. Officials consulted with state police and the FBI.