Ransomware attack on New Mexico jail put prisoners in lockdown

The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Bernalillo County, New Mexico went offline due to a ransomware attack, and prisoners were confined to their cells.

On January 5th, 2022, the IT infrastructure of the Metropolitan Detection Center in Bernalillo Country, New Mexico was hit by a crippling ransomware attack that forced its network to go offline.

Attack’s Aftermath

Reportedly, the ransomware attack triggered an emergency as the facility’s automatic doors, and security cameras mechanisms went offline. Resultantly, inmates were confined to their cells as technicians tried to bring the systems back online.

Tweet from the official Twitter handle of Bernalillo County

As per a report from Source New Mexico, the MDC’s visitor access was also suspended, and the jail went into complete lockdown. Its internet service also went offline so prison staff couldn’t access inmate records, and prisoners had to be controlled manually.

Incident Tracking Database Also Corrupted

The facility’s emergency notice to the court written by County attorney Taylor Rahn explained that the attack might also corrupt the incident tracking database. This database contains reports of force, fighting, and sexual assault allegations on inmates. The staff used keys to operate facility doors manually.

“The Incident Tracking System (ITS), the database

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