KANSAS CITY, Kan. — There’s still no denial from Wyandotte County leaders concerning the possibility of ransomware being involved in that April 16 cyberattack.

City leaders called at a news conference on Friday afternoon, at which, they refused to take questions from reporters. A county spokeperson explained participants in the news conference were needed in a meeting right away.

FOX4 cameras confronted Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Tyrone Garner directly, asking if any outside entity had demanded money in connection to the attack, but he refused to comment.

All week, FOX4 News has reported ransomware’s potential involvement in the attack, which has limited the use of the county’s computer system all week. The Friday afternoon news conference provided little new information from county leaders, except:

• Online connections have been restored with two state agencies — Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles and Kansas Department of Health and Environment

• Essential services, such as 311, cloud storage of records, signup for park facility use and Unified Government email were unaffected

Garner, who spoke in general details from a podium, said the cyberattack could have been a lot worse. The Mayor said the county’s information technology staff called for help from federal agencies as soon as the digital concern was detected.

“We know there have been some questions regarding transparency. We want to make sure the information we get out is not just timely, but it’s accurate,” Garner said.

“Services that are being impacted are gradually being brought back online. A small percentage of those systems will need to be rebuilt and we’re starting that process,” Cheryl Harrison-Lee, Wyandotte County interim administrator, told reporters.

A spokesperson for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County refused to answer a question shouted from the audience concerning cybersecurity, and how often county computer systems are tested.

Garner also said the county is trying to maintain a balance between transparency and protecting the county’s investigation.

A ransomware attack can cost a city a fortune, as it did in Atlanta in 2018, when a ransomware incident cost that major city a reported 2-point-$6 million.