Some services restored after ransomware attack on Orange County

March 20, 2019

Orange County officials said Wednesday that some, but not all, services have been restored after a ransomware virus led to a shutdown of the county’s computer network.

The cyber attack was detected Monday, and county IT staff has disinfected 20 of the more than 120 infected computers, officials said.

There’s no evidence that data has been lost or stolen.

The Register of Deeds Office functions have been mostly restored with real estate transactions, public health and dental clinics are operating as normal and Animal Services is able to process new pets and make them available for adoption, officials said.

The Person County Sheriff’s Office helped the Orange County Sheriff’s Office access a database so deputies could check people’s criminal histories and check for stolen vehicles. Deputies could write reports, but they couldn’t submit them over the county network, officials said.

State and federal cybersecurity and law enforcement experts are investigating the attack, and Orange County IT Director Jim Northrup cautioned that, until the cause has been isolated, computers could be re-infected.