A ransomware attack has brought the New Mexico Jail to a standstill
Last week, a ransomware assault exposed the Albuquerque area jail as a target. Security cameras and automated door systems were rendered inoperable as a result of the incident. The jail was put under lockdown by the authorities because they were unable to view the facility’s cameras.
Visitors to the Metropolitan Detention Center were denied entry because the prison remained under lockdown, according to the Albuquerque Journal. As a result of the ransomware assault, staff were unable to access detainee records.
According to a county emergency report, the attack compromised the database of the jail. There were records of all inmate fights, force complaints, and sex assault claims in the database.
Inmates at the jail are now in danger since the facility is unable to keep up with their terms of detention. Inmates must have frequent access to phones and other electronic devices in county prisons.
The prison complex was not the only target of the ransomware attack; it spread throughout Bernalillo County as a whole. Government workers were unable to access any local databases as a result of this. Temporarily, all governmental offices were closed, and the county’s main office was only partially operational.
These types of ransomware attacks have quickly risen to the top of the list of dangers facing both public and private sector organisations throughout the world. The US Treasury predicts that ransomware assaults would surpass all prior records in 2021.