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Shelby Co. city's computer system hijacked by cyber-thieves

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Electronic Crimes Task Force in Birmingham, which is overseen by the Secret Service, confirmed Monday they are investigating an intrusion into a municipal court system.

They could not say what city, but did confirm it is a city in Shelby County.

The system has been infiltrated by the cryptolock virus, meaning the city's main computer has allegedly been taken hostage and is being held for ransom.

The cryptolock viru is a ransomware program that was released in September of last year and affects all versions of Windows.

It encrypts certain files and when it's done, it sends you a prompt saying you have to pay a ransom of $100 or $300. It also will show you a clock that counts down to 96 hours or four days.

If you have not paid the ransom by then, you will not be able to decrypt the files. Even if you do pay the ransom, there's a chance you may only be able to get back about 70 percent of your information.

The Electronics Crime Task Force is still investigating the situation in Shelby County, so they're limited in what they can release about how long it's been going on and exactly how it happened.

We will update this story as soon as we have more information.

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