Coffee County Sheriff’s Department’s computer system to be up and running soon after ransomware attack

Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin expects the department’s computer system to be up and running soon.

Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin expects the department’s computer system to be up and running soon.

Ransomware attack hit the department, crippling its computer system yesterday, Apr. 6.

“It will be (working) soon,” Partin said today, Apr. 5. “Minor bump in the road.”

There are paper back-ups, according to Partin.

“We are good on paper,” he said. “So we never missed a minute.”

Cyber experts with the TBI and state Homeland Security started working to try to break the code as soon as the problem became obvious.

Employees at the jail noticed electronic files being moved, Channel 5 reported.

Then the entire system locked up yesterday morning. Not long after that, a message was sent demanding payment to unlock all the files. The documents include files and arrest, booking and sentencing records for all inmates. There’s a danger that these files could be altered.

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