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Stone Mountain Memorial Association recovering from ransomware attack

Officials say that the organization is roughly 75 percent recovered only a week after discovering the attack.

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Officials with Stone Mountain Park say the organization that oversees the location has mostly recovered from a ransomware attack discovered about a week earlier.

John Bankhead with the Stone Mountain Park Police Department told 11Alive on Thursday that they were working with state agents to get to the bottom of the breach. He added that the attack hit internal systems and didn't impact the park itself nor did it involve any credit card data or other personal information.

A week after the attack on the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, Bankhead said the systems are about 75 percent recovered. He said it may be another week or two before the entire computer system is restored.

Authorities haven't released who they believe may have been behind the attack, which encrypts data on infected computers and then demands money for the key to unlock them.

However, it's far from the first time the area has been hit by such an attack. Elsewhere, Jackson County is the most recent municipality to be targeted in the year since Atlanta was the victim of its own ransomware attack. Atlanta's attack cost the city millions.

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