Hack attempt affects Ingham County systems

A computer network hacking attempt that affects over 1,600 workstations and several Ingham County departments could lead to a criminal investigation, County Controller/Administrator Tim Dolehanty said Monday.

The attempt from an unknown source with a malware program tried to access the county’s banking information and requires IT staff to scan computers for viruses, Dolehanty said.

“Is this overkill?” Dolehanty said. “It might be. This is a case where it will be inconvenient for a couple of days.”

County Clerk Barb Byrum, citing network security concerns, decided Monday to close her Mason and Lansing offices “due to an abundance of caution.”

However, Byrum reassured voters in East Lansing and Haslett that Tuesday’s school special elections in those communities will proceed.

Byrum’s offices can’t process birth, marriage and death certificates and concealed pistol licenses until they reopen. She’s hopeful that both offices will reopen by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Dolehanty said the malware attempt to obtain banking information didn’t compromise any data or cause any problems for the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department and 911 dispatch services. Malware is considered a software that tries to damage or disable computers.

About a year ago, the Lansing Board of Water & Light was infected by malware and had to pay a $25,000 ransom to restore several customer services and its corporate network.


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