Cyber-Attack on New Mexico County
A cyber-attack has forced the government of New Mexico's most populous county to close most of its county buildings to the public.
Bernalillo County had to take some of its IT systems offline on Wednesday after becoming the target of a digital assault that county officials suspect was a ransomware attack.
In a statement released Wednesday, the county said that all public safety departments, such as emergency 911 communications, the Sheriff’s Office, and Fire and Rescue, were operating as normal "using back-up contingencies."
However, the incident caused the county's Metropolitan Detention Center to cancel inmate visits Wednesday.
"Bernalillo County has discovered what is believed to be a ransomware attack on county systems," stated the county.
"The county has taken affected systems offline and has severed network connections."
Vendors for the county's IT systems have been notified of the attack. The county said that its cybersecurity and IT suppliers are "working to solve the issue and restore the system functions."
While the disruption of the attack continues, the county said its employees would do their best to fulfill their duties by working remotely.
A county statement read: "Most county buildings are closed to the public; however, county employees