Schuyler County latest victim to cyber hack

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Schuyler county is still recovering from a cyber attack, an investigation being conducted by the FBI.

The system appeared to be breached in the beginning of the month, but the investigation is still ongoing. 

Tim O’Hearn, County Administrator, said this resulted in the system being shut down for two weeks.

“At this point we are literally rebuilding our entire network, and for all practical purposes starting from scratch,” O’Hearn said.

According to O’Hearn, there has been no evidence that any data was taken from the the county’s system.

“It was more of a ransomware attack, an attempt to monetize, an extortion attempt,” O’Hearn said.

One employee described the environment as chaotic.

“It’s been crazy, but people have been really understanding, and we forge on,” she said. 

O’Hearn using this an as a learning experience. 

“Certainly it’s discerning and we take this as an opportunity to improve our security and take steps to make sure this does/nt happen again,” O’Hearn said.

Though there were no signs of any data breach, the county is part of a much larger issue on personal data being compromised. Just last week a security breach at Equifax threatened almost nearly half the us population

Equifax  said the data breach involved names, addresses, social security numbers, birth dates, and even driver’s license information for 143-million people

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