Last week, a ransomware attack left the Albuquerque, New Mexico prison without access to its automatic door mechanisms and camera feeds.
The inmates of the detention center have been locked in their cells while the technicians find ways to get the system back online.
Ransomware attack in New Mexico prison
According to Albuquerque Journal, Visitor access to the Metropolitan Detention Center, or MDC, has been suspended because it has been blocked.
All internet services in the detention center were also offline, so the staff could not see the detainees’ records.
Since January 5th, all inmates of the detention centers have been locked up and locked up due to the lack of camera cover.
The county also filed an emergency notice stating that the incident tracking database, which contains all reports of violence, fighting and sexual assault, was inaccessible and allegedly damaged by the hack.
Taylor Rhan, a district attorney, wrote in a court order regarding the lockdown that the automatic door mechanism at the Metropolitan Detention Center was unstable on Jan. 5. This meant that staff had to manually open the facility’s doors with keys.
Rahn added that one of the effects of the attack was that the detention center was unable to access the facility’s cameras. On the evening of January 5th, there was no loud access to any of the cameras in the center The edge.
No access to databases
The MDC was just one point of attack in a more severe attack that targeted Bernalillo County, known as the most populous county in New Mexico, on Jan. 5.
The county employees were unable to access any of the local government databases and all public offices were closed. On January 10, a press release said that the district office’s headquarters were still only partially operational The western news.
The sudden lockdown had led the detention center to breach the terms of a settlement in a lawsuit over detention conditions, forcing the county to file an emergency notice with the federal court.
A settlement agreement from a 1995 lawsuit had required all detention centers in the county to obey protocols over several complaints about questionable conditions, including access to communication devices for detainees.
However, the ransomware attack on the detention center could force it to break the agreement.
The emergency room said the limited time outside the cell affects inmates’ ability to access phones.
The motion added that due to the effects of the ransomware attack, the county may not be able to get any data necessary for the agreement.
Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to business and government orders in the US.
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In 2021, the Department of Justice, or DOJ, set up a task force focused on ransomware and digital extortion. They are exchanging information between the DOJ and other authorities and looking for ways to fix the problem.
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