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 Elections and Emergency Services are separate computer networks from the County of Delaware and there is no evidence they were impacted by the disruption.