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Officials in one city have confirmed that the local government was the victim of a Thanksgiving cyber attack.

In the city of Pascagoula, computer systems are almost all up and running again after a third-party vendor malware was compromised on the 28th Nov., Acting City Manager Frank Corder announced Monday. No data was permanently lost and the hackers got no ransom, he stressed. Corder also reassured residents that there was no compromise on personal information.

The hackers requested ransom payment and locked email accounts temporarily, stopped telephone lines and stopped access to critical information, news outlets reported. Police Chief Matt Chapman said this incident had also impacted the police department, causing officers to do the paperwork for the time being. He added that all police documents have been backed up and restored.

The town didn’t tell the hackers how much money they demanded.

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