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Ransomware attack costing Madison County nearly $200,000

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) – A computer hack demanding a ransom is ending up costing Madison County nearly $200,000.

The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports that commissioners on Tuesday approved contracts providing for off-site data storage, firewall protection and a backup court system. County officials say those three contracts is $198,180. That’s in addition to a $21,000 ransom paid to obtain encryption keys and get control of the county computers from the hackers.

Lisa Cannon, director of the IT Department, said the ransomware attack affected 600 personal computers and up to 75 servers. Workers spent weeks restoring the central Indiana county’s government computer system after the Nov. 4 hack. They had to restore links between the computer software and county files that were broken.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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