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AR sheriff's office works to prevent hacks

(Source: KATV) (Source: KATV)
(Source: KATV) (Source: KATV)
(Source: KATV) (Source: KATV)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) -

A sheriff's department in Arkansas was forced to pay $2,400 of ransom to hackers to have its computer system unlocked.

According to a report by KATV, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office was the one who was targeted.

That’s why departments like the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office are working to prevent that from happening to them.

They have set up web filters that reject websites that may have a virus.

Each computer also has anti-virus software and a firewall that scans emails before they're delivered.

However, Lt. Cody Burk with the sheriff’s office says some virus-laced emails still come through.

"It may be locked up the computer, but nothing that locked down the computer or locked down the server to where we couldn't get our software,” Lt. Burk told KATV. "There's no system that's totally safe from hackers getting into your system, or someone accidentally introducing a virus or ransomware."

Experts say you should get a high-grade firewall and keep it up to date.

You also need to choose strong passwords and update the operating system as well.

Lt. Daniel Klatt with the Carroll County Sheriff's Department says no data was stolen during the ransom period.

For more information from KATV, click here.

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