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County computers hit by ransomware


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Aug. 21, 2018 - 10:07 AM

If you have had difficulty getting in touch with a Coweta County employee through email, you’re not alone.

The county’s computer system was hit by an ransomware attack on Sunday about 6:30 a.m. According to a statement on the county’s Facebook page, “a majority of Coweta County’s information technology servers were compromised” by the ransomware attack.

The attack did not affect individual work stations and phone systems. Systems which are “externally hosted” were not impacted, including the county’s website and its payroll system.

As a precautionary measure, the county’s information technology staff shut down all servers “to evaluate the impacts of the attack and determine recovery options.”

According to the Facebook post, the attack “did impact local public safety systems, forcing those agencies to utilize backup systems – radio-only communications and manual record-keeping systems.”

County 911 phone service and other county phone systems were not affected and are operational, but external email is not.

It may take several days to return the system to normal. The primary county phone line is 770-254-2601 and a complete departmental county phone list is at http://www.coweta.ga.us/our-county/contact-us-2759