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Minnesota car dealers grappling with nationwide cyberattack

The attack on software provider CDK Global is affecting dealerships across North America

Minnesota auto dealers are still grappling with a nearly week-old cyberattack that has left vendors across North America without the software they use for day-to-day operations, including vehicle sales.

Back-to-back cyberattacks hit Illinois-based CDK Global on Wednesday, and the company said this week it expects the restoration process to take "several days." CDK serves nearly 15,000 auto dealers in the U.S. and Canada, according to its website.

At Anderson & Koch Ford, Inc. in North Branch, Minn., General Manager Patrick Fossum said he walked in to work last Wednesday morning and learned the software system was down. Since then, he said, his dealership has been "kind of running blind on some stuff" as employees work in a separate electronic system and by hand, including writing paper checks and completing titles manually.


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