CAMBRIDGE — In a memorandum dated Jan. 29, Dorchester County Manager Keith Adkins confirmed reports the county servers were hacked Monday evening. Wrote Adkins, "The FBI and Maryland Department of Information and Technology are investigating and the National Guard is offering assistance through MEMA."

Adkins said the Department of Public Safety, tax system and personnel files have been not affected at this time.The Governor's office and multiple other agencies, including surrounding counties offered aid and support.

The story first circulated mid-day, Jan. 28 with reports that a ransomware attack had been made on the county's IT system, and is demanding payment in Bitcoin. Per instructions from the FBI, County Council President Jay Newcomb had issued instructions that county employees not discuss the possible breach.

Bitcoin is a digital form of currency used online, the current value of 1 Bitcoin is $9,009.45 USD, (Morningstar for Currency and Coinbase for Cryptocurrency). An investigation is underway.

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