Cyber incident leaves Chatham government without network, email access

At 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Chatham County government launched an email assertion saying it had recognized a cyber incident that left its community, workplace telephones and email “inoperable for an undetermined period of time.”

That email was despatched from a brand new email deal with, [email protected], because the county nonetheless didn’t have access to its email server. A second email discover was despatched on Thursday early afternoon containing the identical data.

Chatham County instantly notified authorities of the incident, Chatham County Manager Dan LaMontagne mentioned within the email, and is continuous to work towards figuring out the extent of the issue.

“Chatham County 911 communications weren’t impacted and proceed to function without subject. Chatham County early voting additionally was not affected on this incident,” LaMontagne mentioned. “We are working with regulation enforcement and assist companies so we will get better from this incident as quickly as potential. Our precedence is to revive our programs in a safe method and preserve the availability of vital providers.

By Friday afternoon, the county nonetheless didn’t have access to its community, cellphone or email however Public Information Officer Kara Dudley mentioned the county is working to arrange extra momentary emails with the “@chathameoc.com” area for workers within the meantime. Dudley advised the News + Record that the Board of Commissioners would nonetheless host their common session assembly on Monday, Nov. 2, however did not have any particulars but about how the breach would affect the assembly.

“The cyber incident that was found on October 28th that affected Chatham County government’s community continues to be underneath investigation,” Dudley mentioned in an email message Friday night.

In that message, Dudley mentioned Chatham County’s Management and Information Systems (MIS) Department was working to revive the affected programs, together with federal, state and native companions.

“A timeline has not been established for full service restoration at this level. Updates on the restoration of providers/programs will proceed to be supplied as progress is made,” she wrote. “We are working across the clock to revive workstations in county departments.”

In addition to the momentary emails being established for county workers, Dudley mentioned cellphone numbers are additionally being arrange. She inspired group members to observe the county’s web site and their social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) for updates.

“Everyone’s endurance is tremendously appreciated as we perceive there have been some inconveniences and delays in service. Thank you to your continued assist as we proceed to work by way of this case,” Dudley mentioned.

At the time of publication the county nonetheless didn’t know the supply of the cyber breach.

This is a growing story. This article and our Facebook web page will likely be up to date as extra data turns into obtainable.

Reporter Hannah McClellan could be reached at [email protected]

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