Washington County is grappling with the effects of a Thanksgiving Day cyber incident that disrupted certain computer systems, the County’s website, and some County services. As a result, several services and websites remain unavailable.
Washington County is working to restore services and investigating the incident with partners from the Maryland Department of Information Technology, Maryland Department of Emergency Management, and other specialists.
According to Washington County:
We continue working to restore County services that were impacted by the cybersecurity incident as quickly and safely as possible. Washington County’s top priority is ensuring our community members are safe and can access County government services they rely upon.Washington County provides the following updates:
- County phone service is unaffected and remains functional.
- Emergency 911 calls remain functioning.
- Certain County services will be unavailable at this time, including processing and/or issuance of permits and acceptance of financial payments, including taxes and water and/or sewer payments. Citizens should call the respective Department before coming into County offices to see if their issue will be able to be addressed.
- The County appreciates your patience as we continue to work through these difficult times
Hackers are increasingly targeting states and local governments with sophisticated cyberattacks. Securing government information systems is critical, as a cyber intrusion can be very disruptive, jeopardizing sensitive information, public safety, and the delivery of essential services. Earlier this year, MACo supported a suite of bills to help lead local governments, school systems, and critical infrastructure toward a more cyber-secure future by dedicating needed resources and streamlining collaboration, communication, and coordination.
Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.