A prison in New Mexico had an unplanned lockdown due to a ransomware attack.
As reported by Source NM, the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, went into lockdown on January 5, 2022, after cyberattackers infiltrated Bernalillo County systems and deployed malware.
Local government systems were impacted by the cyberattack, including those used to manage the prison.
Inmates were made to stay in their cells as the ransomware outbreak reportedly not only knocked out the establishment’s internet but also locked staff out of data management servers and security camera networks.
The incident came to light in court documents, with one public defender representing the inmates suggesting that their constitutional rights were violated due to the sudden lockdown, which also meant that visitations were canceled.
Concerns were also raised surrounding the lack of internet access, with inmates left with only payphones to communicate with court representatives.
Employees of the jail, too, had to rely on unstable cellular connections to make phone calls or access email, and video conference-based court proceedings – imposed widely across the United States due to COVID-19 – could not proceed on the day of the lockdown.
A number of databases are suspected