Deadline looms for decision by hacked North Carolina county

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A deadline is approaching for one of North Carolina's largest counties to respond to a hacker who froze county servers and is demanding ransom.
    
Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio told reporters that local officials face a deadline of 1 p.m. Wednesday to decide whether to pay a ransom of two bitcoin, or more than $23,000.
    
On Wednesday morning, some county sites such as the jail inmate search function were down. Diorio said departments including the code enforcement office were using paper records.
    
The county issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday asking residents to contact county offices before visiting to see whether they are offering services.
    
Diorio said leaders are working with a technology consultant and haven't ruled out paying the ransom. Charlotte officials say city government computers haven't been hacked.
 

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