Ransomware Attack Takes New Mexico Jail Offline

Something straight out of the movie.

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Source: Kaspersky

A ransomware attack left the Albuquerque area jail vulnerable last week. The attack locked access to the facility’s camera feeds and made automatic door mechanisms unusable. Authorities put the prison facility into lockdown as they didn’t have access to cameras within the facility.

As reported by the Albuquerque Journal, visitors were denied access to the Metropolitan Detention Center as the facility was still in lockdown. Staff could not look up inmate records as all internet services were also down following the ransomware attack.

An emergency report filed by the county also revealed that the attack corrupted the jail’s database. The database contained all inmate records and reports of fighting, use of force, and allegations of sexual assault.

The prison facility is now in trouble as it can not maintain the conditions of confinement. The county requires jails to give inmates regular access to telephones and other devices.

The ransomware attack affected the whole of Bernalillo County, not just the detention center. Due to this, government employees could not access any local databases. All public offices were temporarily closed, and county office headquarters were only partially re-opened.

Ransomware attacks like these have become one of the top threats worldwide for government and private institutions. According to the US Treasury, ransomware attacks in 2021 top all previous records.

Nalin Rawat

Nalin Rawat

Nalin is a tech writer who covers VR, gaming, awesome new gadgets, and the occasional trending affairs of the tech industry. He has been writing about tech and gaming since he started pursuing Journalism in college. He has also previously worked in print organizations like The Statesman and Business Standard. In his free time, he plays FPS games and explores virtual reality. Reach out to him at @NalinRawat
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