Ransomware attack hits public safety network for Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer counties

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ALBANY – A ransomware attack Tuesday night hit the Tri County Public Safety Network that covers Saratoga, Albany and Rensselaer counties, Albany County Sheriff’s officials said.

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Some non-critical data was taken, but back-up systems worked as intended, officials said.

The attack hit about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and officials worked through the night with vendors and the state Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Incident Response Team to mitigate the impacts, officials said.

The breach “adversely” impacted Saratoga County, Sheriff Michael Zurlo said in a release, but “our back-up systems functioned as designed and we were able to maintain 911 services to our residents.”

The breach also did not impact 911 services in Albany County, officials said. Computer Aided Dispatch, however, was impacted.

All servers and desktops have since been cleaned, officials said.

Albany County has been able to rebuild from backups and services were being restored. Computer Aided Dispatch has returned.

“At this point we are still going through logs to see how the breach was completed,” a release read. “We have taken many steps to seal points of entry and have adjusted security permissions.”

The release called the rapid recovery a testament to the redundant design of the system.

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