A virus on state computers shut down the Okoni courthouse and most other government agencies Thursday, according to the county sheriff.
State and federation police are helping the Uppsala Sheriff ‘s Office investigate the crime, officials said.
‘We ‘re not ruling out it could be a crime. So we ‘re working with SLED and the FBI, “Captain Travis T. with the Okoni County Sheriff ‘s Office told WSPA.
“All Okoni offices will be open for business, although some offices may have limited running time before all systems are restored,” county administrator Amanda Brock said, according to WYFF.
According to Tilson, officials do not yet know “how serious the malware attack is and how it affected their servers. They also don ‘t know if there was any data leak or what everyone else could be affected by, “WHNS reports.
“The attacked servers were isolated and placed offline,” the sheriff ‘s office reported.
The malware, comes in several variants, including software that can spy on users or demand a ransom, according to Norton, a computer security company. “This is software that is designed to gain access to a computer or damage a computer, usually without the owner ‘s knowledge,” Norton reported.
“This does not pose a threat to the public and is isolated from the servers of the administrative buildings of Okoni County,” the Sheriff ‘s Department reported.
Cases of “extortion” have increased, when hackers control computer systems, reports The New York Times.
The most dangerous case so far this year occurred in Baltimore, where hackers hacked into computer systems that the city uses to run its government, The Times reported.
Okoni officials did not say what target the malware had.