NC: Anson experiences cyberattack; county services including phone, email affected

Liz O’Connell reported earlier this week:

WADESBORO — The Anson County government experienced a cyberattack over the first weekend of May, which turned out to be more serious than initially thought.

The most recent update from the county stated that does not appear to be any employee or citizen personal data compromised from the malware attack, but it did however limit some county services including the Human Resources, GIS Mapping, Public Health Clinical Services, telephone and email. Most of these services are estimated to return in one to two weeks, but there is no timetable for telephone service and the GIS Mapping tool, according to the government’s Facebook update.

Law enforcement and EMS still remains operational as well as property tax collections, vehicle tag renewals, transfers and temporary tags, Veteran’s Service Office, deeds recording, library and COVID-19 vaccines. The 911 Center is operational but there is no “text to 911” function available. Building permits will be issued manually.

Read more on YourDailyJournal.  The county does not appear to have updated their statement with any new information since the May 10 press release referenced above. They do not indicate the type of malware involved or if there was any ransom demand.

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