SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – It’s not known what, if any personal data has been compromised, but the Somerset County computer network has been infected with ransomware.
“Somerset County experienced a cybersecurity breach this morning involving ransomware. As a result, the county email system is down, and Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting is postponed,” county officials announced in a statement. “All county offices and phone lines are open and working, but emails to county personnel cannot be received or responded to for the time being. Emergency 9-1-1-communications are unaffected and fully functional. Emergency services are available as usual throughout the county.”
“With the exception of email, the county is performing most normal functions. That said, we have activated our Emergency Operations Center and our Continuity of Operations of Government Plan,” said County Administrator Collen Mahr. “It is our assumption that this situation will remain in effect at least for the rest of the week.”