Counties in New Mexico, Arkansas dealing with ransomware attacks to start 2022

Two counties in New Mexico and Arkansas are dealing with ransomware attacks affecting government services, according to officials from both states. 

On Wednesday evening, New Mexico’s Bernalillo County — which covers the state’s most populous cities of Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras — officially reported that it was hit with a ransomware attack that began between midnight and 5:30 a.m. on January 5.

County officials have taken the affected systems offline and cut network connections but most county building are now closed to the public. Emergency services are still available and 911 is still operating, but a Sheriff’s Office customer service window was closed.

Visitation at the Metropolitan Detention Center has been postponed indefinitely, but all community centers are still open. Many other government services are still available over the phone and in person. 

The county said it is working with its vendors to respond to the incident. Bernalillo County spokesman Tom Thorpe told KOB4 that he was unaware of a specific ransom demand issued by the attackers. 

Bernalillo County communications director Tia Bland said in a statement to KOAT, “Accounting and technology staff are doing a thorough assessment to figure out what the impact is.”

Arkansas’ Crawford County is also dealing with a ransomware

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