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Orange County making progress restoring services after Cyber attack


Orange County has not detected any evidence that data has been lost or stolen in the cyber attack that was detected early Monday morning, according to Orange County IT Director Jim Northrup. The investigation is continuing with assistance from state and federal cyber security and law enforcement experts. Northrup cautioned that until the cause has been isolated, the threat of re-infection exists.

Several departments are returning to normal operations.

  • Register of Deeds functions have been mostly restored with real estate transactions.
  • The Health and Dental clinics are operating as normal.
  • Animal Services is able to process new pets and make them available for adoption.

Some services are still limited, but most are operating normally.

The Person County Sheriff's Department worked with Orange County to establish access to the Division of Criminal Information (DCI) database, which was a top level priority. Sheriff Charles Blackwood thanks Person County Sheriff Dewey Jones, Chief Deputy Kevin Crabtree, and administrative supervisor Amanda Saunders for their help. The DCI allows deputies to access criminal histories or check for stolen vehicle hit confirmations.

County IT staff have disinfected 20 of the more than 120 computers that were infected with the virus.

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