Ransomware attack hits Butler County network

September 12, 2017 - 5:24 am

EL DORADO, Kan. (KNSS) – A ransomware attack hit the Butler County computer network this weekend. In a release Butler County said all offices are open, but services requiring the use of a computer such as motor vehicle and driver’s license renewals are not available. 

KSN News spoke with County Administrator William Johnson who says they are also locked out of a first responder 911 system that includes mapping and GPS. Authorities are having to walkie-talkie information in and write it down. Johnson said it is something they prepare for.

"Our biggest concern is figuring out where it came from, making sure we close that access point," said Johnson.  "Our second priority is make sure we are able to take care of our employees, the payroll, and our vendors through accounts payable.  And then get our operations up and going that are important to our public."

County authorities said they are working diligently with third-party vendors to restore the system. Right now, authorities do not believe any public or private information was stolen.

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