The administration of Somerset County, with a population of about 350,000 people, announced an email outage on Tuesday. The county had to create temporary Gmail accounts so that residents could contact “the most important departments, such as the county commissioner, health service, emergency service, county clerk, sheriff.” The district canceled the meeting of the Board of Commissioners, but can still perform most functions. In addition, the 9-1-1 emergency service was not affected by the attack and is now fully operational.
“We have activated our Emergency Operations Center and our Continuity of Operations of Government Plan. We assume that this situation will continue until the end of the week”, Somerset County Mayor Colleen Mar said .
The county later released an update that the county clerk’s office could not provide most services over the Internet. Services include:
- land records;
- civil registration (Registry office);
- records of wills;
- search for property rights before 1977.
Officials urged the public to call the district office for the provision of services. At the moment, primary elections are taking place in New Jersey. However, the cyberattack did not affect the electoral systems.
“We are making every effort to ensure the provision of vital services to the population, such as waste disposal, road repairs and transportation for the elderly. Our The IT department is working around the clock to restore and prevent further damage to systems”Mar said.
According to Emsisoft statistics, after this
attack, Somerset County became the 17th among all US counties affected by the cyberattack.