Ransomware cyber attack suspected on Okanogan County


Okanogan County that lies on the borders of Washington and close to the American- Canadian border was hit by a cyber attack on Monday this week and security analysts suspect that the attack could be ransomware genre as the data remains locked up and inaccessible.

The county officials including those belonging to Public Health have disclosed that the phone and email systems were deeply impacted in the attack and the time for restoration is unknown yet.

A team of Cybersecurity experts along with a third party company are busy analyzing the incident and are trying their best to recover the IT infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Officials have confirmed that the 3rd street entrance to the courthouse will be closed and are requesting the public to use the 4th Street entrance.

Note 1- Okanogan County that is home to almost 6 ghost towns is in the Washington State of United States. Most of its residents live in Greater Omak Area that houses many scenic locales like Mountains, lakes and rivers.

Note 2- A ransomware attack is a kind of malware attack where hackers are seen locking down access to the database until a ransom is paid. The cyber criminals are seen stealing the data and then encrypting the information until a fat pay is dropped into their cryptocurrency accounts/wallets.

Note 3- In this instance, the cyber attack has been confirmed. However, there is no conformation about the ransomware.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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