Delco Computer Network Hackers Reportedly Demand $500K



Authorities are investigating a disruption to Delaware County's computer network, and the perpetrators are reportedly demanding $500,000.


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Authorities are investigating a disruption to Delaware County’s computer network, and the perpetrators are reportedly demanding $500,000.

DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — The case of the computer network “hack” in Delaware County had its stakes raised recently, as the perpetrators are reportedly demanding thousands from the county.

Earlier this week, Delaware County officials said part of the county’s computer network experienced a disruption.

Authorities launched an investigation into the disruption.

Part of the investigation included taking certain systems offline and working with computer forensic specialists to determine the nature and scope of the event.

Later, the FBI was reported to have joined the investigation.

Action News now reports the hackers are demanding $500,000 in cryptocurrency from the county to release the systems from their clutches.

According to the outlet the county will pay the $500,000 as it has insurance to cover such situations.

The county said its Bureau of

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State auditors found “significant risks” within Baltimore County public schools’ computer network, according to a report released Tuesday, the day before a ransomware attack shut down the school system.



a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Jim Corns, Baltimore County Schools' Executive Director of Information Technology, speaks at a press conference to update the public on Wednesday's ransomware attack, as the school system's board chair Kathleen Causey looks on from the side. 11-25-2020


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Jim Corns, Baltimore County Schools’ Executive Director of Information Technology, speaks at a press conference to update the public on Wednesday’s ransomware attack, as the school system’s board chair Kathleen Causey looks on from the side. 11-25-2020

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Delaware County computer network disrupted; officials investigating criminal activity

Delaware County officials are investigating a “disruption” to the county’s computer system, and have convened a criminal investigation into the cyber attack, a county spokesperson said Tuesday.



a large stone statue in front of a building: The computer network used by Delaware County employees at the government center and courthouse in Media was "disrupted," officials said Tuesday.


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The computer network used by Delaware County employees at the government center and courthouse in Media was “disrupted,” officials said Tuesday.

Details about the disruption and the damage that it caused were scare, but members of county council stressed that the Board of Elections and Department of Emergency Services were not affected — both use separate networks.

“The investigation is ongoing and we are working with computer forensic specialists to understand the full nature and scope of the event and confirm accurate information before sharing the details,” county council said in a statement. “County employees have been notified and provided with information and instructions.”

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YouTube Bans Trump-Friendly OANN For One Week After Network Touted Fake Covid Cure

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YouTube blocked One America News Network (OANN) from posting new videos or earning money on its platform for one week after the conservative network promoted misleading information about the Covid-19 pandemic, Axios first reported, a move that comes as the network gains new attention amid President Trump’s feud with Fox News.

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It’s the first time YouTube has restricted the Trump-friendly network, according to Axios, though OANN has also violated YouTube’s Covid-19 misinformation policy before. 

The ban will block OANN from posting new videos on YouTube’s site and bar the network from earning money through YouTube’s “Partner Program.”

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Explorium Achieves Advanced Technology Partner Status in Amazon Web Services Partner Network

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mavenir today announced that DISH Network has selected Mavenir’s cloud-based carrier messaging solution, which leverages Rich Communication Services (RCS) and Messaging-as-a-Platform (MaaP) technologies. Building upon the companies’ RAN announcement earlier this year, Mavenir is providing DISH with highly-scalable and intelligent cloud-native software in a virtualized, automated environment, leveraging open interfaces and artificial intelligence (AI). 

DISH will deploy Mavenir’s RCS Business Messaging solution, which will enable advanced voice and multimedia messaging (including cloud-native video, VoWiFi and VoLTE), to deliver best-in-class customer support capabilities.  Using AI and chatbots, customers will have access to services from an app where they can engage virtual assistants to answer questions, investigate and modify subscription plans, and participate in promotions.

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