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Swansea Police Department pays ransom to computer hackers

Swansea police say they were forced to pay $750 in ransom earlier this month to hackers after a virus locked all of their computer files.

The Police Department noticed a problem opening their files on Nov. 6. After opening an e-mail attachment from what looked like a trusted source, a window popped up on the screen saying all the computer’s files were encrypted, said Lieutenant Gregory Ryan.

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