Camden County Courthouse

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CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — In at least the second major attempted cyber-attack in four years, Camden County operations were disrupted this week by what the county is calling a "sophisticated encryption attack."

On Wednesday, April 15, the county announced it had been the victim of a cyber-attack, and noted tech experts were working to get county systems back to normal operations and conduct an investigation. The incident has also been reported to the FBI.

In September of 2016, the FBI and Missouri State Highway Patrol's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) took control of the county's system after multiple cyber attacks were attempted. In the investigation that followed, the county discovered "back doors" in its system: a system that was embarrassingly outdated, Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty said at the time. But in the ensuing months, the county made dramatic and expensive upgrades to its computer system and began outsourcing its IT department. In 2017, the county was using Huber & Associates for its IT needs; LakeExpo could not immediately confirm whether the county was still using the same firm.

The county made the announcement in a press release sent out at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The full press release is below:

Camden County was recently a victim of a sophisticated encryption attack, which is currently disrupting operations.

Camden County places the utmost importance on its network and system security, and County technology experts have been working diligently with independent cybersecurity experts to restore normal operations as soon as possible and conduct a thorough forensic investigation.  At this time, the County is not aware of any unauthorized disclosure of personal data or financial information.

The County has also notified the FBI of this incident and will provide whatever cooperation is necessary to hold the wrongdoers accountable.

Camden County appreciates your patience as it responds to this situation.

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