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Most Mecklenburg County computer systems used by the public are now back online after an early December cyber-attack. County Manager Dena Diorio told county commissioners Wednesday night that remaining systems should be online by the end of this week. Diorio also said the county will speed up work to protect systems from future attacks. 

To learn more about ransomware, WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke to Dan Lorhmann. He’s the chief strategist and security officer at Security Mentor, a Michigan company that specializes in cybersecurity. He’s also a former chief security officer for Michigan’s state government.

Mark Rumsey:  First, how often is this kind of thing happening that we're dealing with in Mecklenburg County government right now?

This week President Barack Obama has been rolling out the White House’s strategy to combat cyber attacks. North Carolina A&T is a part of that strategy. 


At the moment, all 18 South Carolina state agencies have their own chief information officers responsible for keeping the data doors locked against bad guys. But these CIOs are far from confident.

One told the inspector general "what scares me is what I don't know." Another said South Carolina's statewide information security ranks two out of five "on a good day."

None of this is a surprise to Charlotte attorney and security consultant Chris Swecker.

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says nearly 6 million residents had their social security and bank account numbers stolen by hackers in a September attack. At a press conference today, Haley released new details from Mandiant, the information security firm hired to investigate the attack.