County Offices Not Functioning After Ransomware Crippled Systems
Montgomery County of Alabama has been the latest ransomware attack victim. The ransomware variant that wormed its way into the county’s systems has not been reported, nor has the ransom demand. However, government officials stated they are doing everything in their power to restore the county’s systems as quickly as possible. The county noticed the ransomware attack on Monday, September 18th, and within 24 hours they realized they had lost access to several systems.
Various county offices are suffering from the malware strike. According to State Scoop, the county is not able to issue vehicle tags, car registrations, or marriage and business licenses. County citizens are able to still obtain their driver’s licenses, as that system has not been impacted.
It is unclear how effective the remediation efforts have been. To date, there has not been a statement regarding backup files. This is leaving the public to assume they either are not available, not up-to-date, or the systems are damaged beyond encrypted files. At this time, a projected date has not been released for the county to regain full functionality of its systems.
Other Ransomware Attacks
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