Investigators are trying to track down whoever has taken a Concord business’ phone lines hostage.

The owner of AVC Emergency Veterinary of Manchester and Concord said she is refusing to give in to the hackers, saying that if she does, they’ll just keep hitting other businesses in the area.

On Wednesday night, the veterinary office began receiving robocalls that jammed the lines for 20 minutes. The business then got an email from the hackers demanding that the business transfer them $1,400 in bitcoins or the phones would be jammed again.

The hackers followed through, jamming the phone lines for an hour Thursday afternoon. The latest threat promises to take down AVC’s website, email and fax.

“Either be quiet about it, pay the money and hope they just like go away, or stand up to them as a community and say, ‘OK, we’re going to use other means of communication,'” owner Deborah Kelloway said. “We don’t need, necessarily, phones. Maybe there’s another way. There’s Facebook. There’s going to be other ways to get around this.”

Kelloway said police are investigating, but there may be nothing they can do.

Source: WMUR News 9 Live

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