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County increasing security after April 23 cyber attack
No employee, citizen info compromised
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County Manager David Headley recently released details about the ransomware attack that crippled Dawson County government computer systems earlier this year. In the county’s June newsletter, Headley called the attack “sophisticated” and stated that no employee or citizen information was compromised during the attack that began April 23. “We also can confirm that the attack was not a result of any shortcomings of Dawson County or its employees,” Headley wrote. According to county IT analyst Will Shattuck, the IT department was first notified around 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 23 by the tax assessor’s office, which reported it was unable to save work on some of its files. Soon calls flooded in from many other departments, and once the IT department began investigating, it discovered a ransomware attack.