Baltimore officials approved using $10 million in excess revenue to cover ongoing expenses related to a ransomware attack that immobilized several of the cities computer systems in early May.

The city’s budget office estimates the total cost of responding to the attack will be $18 million after threat actors demanded $80,000 in ransom to unlock the systems, but city officials have been advised by law enforcement not to pay. 

A Baltimore technology official told ABC News the city had initially resisted help from the state after the attack.

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