County targeted by ransomware


January 26, 2022

About 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24, Linn County discovered that a number of its computers were infected with ransomware.

Linn County’s IT Department shut down all affected computer systems immediately to minimize spreading of the ransomware.

Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid.

As of Monday evening, Linn County’s website is down and several systems are offline, affecting the county’s ability to provide services to the public.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office and...

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