Fremont County, Colo., Nears Full Capacity After Cyber Attack
(TNS) — Fremont County officials say county operations and services are back to about 90percent capacity after the Aug. 17 BlackCat ransomware cyber attack.
“Fremont County is open and resuming normal operations,” Fremont County Emergency Manager Mykel Kroll stated in a press release Wednesday.
Fremont County officials and departments are still working on small glitches, Kroll said, but systems are being rebuilt stronger and more resilient moving forward.
“The county also is turning its focus toward building a partnership with the State of Colorado to better prepare for attacks like these in the future,” Kroll said.
The incident is still under criminal investigation. Until the investigation is complete, the county is unable to provide information about the attack, including what it has cost the county.
“The initial shock of the cyber attack, was rough because it felt like a personal attack on all of us,” Kroll said. “This is our home, and our citizens who we work with and work for. This specific attack targeted county officials and departments, as well as a small number of community members”.
Elections, Motor Vehicle and the Building Department are operating at full capacity. All other departments are between 80 and 95 percent as the county continues to work through the glitches discovered during recovery.
The Fremont County website is back up and running, as well. Visit www.fremontco.com for incident updates, information on county services and access to information on county offices.
“All those whose information may have been compromised have been notified by mail,” Kroll said. “Anyone who has not received a letter can be assured, their information is secure. Anyone who has concerns about cybersecurity may visit the Fremont County website, which offers resources to help with online security and to help learn more about cybersecurity.”
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