CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Six months ago, a local construction company with just five employees was the unwitting victim of a ransomware attack, where the perpetrators demand money after blocking computer system access. Fortunately, there was limited information compromised, so the cybercriminals were ignored.
Then, the company was attacked again, this time creating calamity, then chaos. The business was locked out of all its data, with a different intruder wanting 352 bitcoins, or more than $200,000. Company officials were told by their information technology consultant not to pay and all the data was lost.
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