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An overseas hacking group accessed a Baxter County sheriff’s office computer server last week, Sheriff John Montgomery announced Thursday in a statement.

According to the statement, an unnamed federal agency notified the sheriff’s office of the hack on June 16.

The server that was hacked contained official public and working documents. Some sheriff’s office databases and programs have been offline since June 16 as the situation has been addressed.

The federal agency reported that it contacted the sheriff’s office after it had detected transfers of data taking place between it and an overseas location.

After the hacking was discovered, information technology specialists from three different companies were tasked with isolating the server and taking actions to get rid of any viruses or malware the hackers may have left behind. That is still taking place, according to Montgomery’s statement.

Sheriff’s office officials say that the affected databases, programs and files will be available for use in a few days after the installation of new equipment.

According to the press release, the sheriff’s office and the IT specialists do not believe any of the sheriff’s office data or records have been altered or deleted, but it’s possible the hackers obtained personal identifying information on employees and other people.

“We are using this incident as an opportunity to improve our existing processes and strengthen our cybersecurity measures,” Montgomery’s statement said. “This incident is not related to the recent upgrade to our records management software and inmate roster feed.”

In addition to providing identity theft and credit monitoring for its employees as a precaution, the sheriff’s office will be sending notification letters to other people who could have been affected.


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