Chatham County government experienced cybersecurity attack on October 28

Pittsboro, NC – On the evening of Wednesday, October 28 Chatham County manager Dan LaMontagne released the following statement:

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“On October 28, 2020, Chatham County government identified a cyber incident that resulted in its network, email and office phones being inoperable for an undetermined amount of time. Chatham County immediately notified authorities and continues to identify the extent of the incident.

Chatham County 911 communications were not impacted and continue to operate without issue. Chatham County early voting also was not affected in this incident.

We are working with law enforcement and support agencies so we can recover from this incident as soon as possible. Our priority is to restore our systems in a secure manner and maintain the provision of critical services.

More information will be shared as it becomes available.”

On Friday, October 30, Chatham County manager Dan LaMontagne released the following update:

“The cyber incident that was discovered on October 28th that affected Chatham County government’s network is still under investigation. Chatham County’s Management and Information Systems (MIS) Department, along with federal, state and local partners continue working to restore the affected systems. A timeline has not been established for full service restoration at this point. Updates on the restoration of services/systems will continue to be provided as progress is made.

We are working around the clock to restore workstations in county departments. Temporary email addresses and phone numbers are being established and will be shared with the public as soon as they are up and running. The community is encouraged to monitor and the county’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) for updates.

Everyone’s patience is greatly appreciated as we understand there have been some inconveniences and delays in service. Thank you for your continued support as we continue to work through this situation.”