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Carbon hit with cyber attack

The Carbon County computer system was recently involved in a cyber attack on its network.

On Tuesday evening, Commissioners’ Chairman Wayne Nothstein provided a statement on the incident and how it is being handled. The ransomware attack was detected Monday morning.

Nothstein said that as soon as the county learned of the breach, officials began “working to investigate and restore operations and determine the effects of the incident.”

The county also contracted with a nationally recognized cyberspace and data forensics company to investigate, as well as contacted local law enforcement.

“The security of our county residents remained our top priority,” the statement said. “All of our essential services continue to operate, including 911 and emergency communications. County government is open to the public.”

Officials said that some online services may be temporarily unavailable until everything is rectified.

“We are grateful to have some of the industry’s top experts helping guide our response,” the statement continued.

Nothstein said that the county has been testing its system since learning of the breach.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Chris Lukasevich said that no further update was available on the matter.