EL CENTRO  -- An alleged ransomware attack is being blamed for the nearly weeklong disruption the county of Imperial has experienced with its website and communication system.

The suspected attack was discovered April 13, and prompted officials to contact law enforcement, launch an investigation and attempt to restore its systems, a press release stated.

A leading forensic firm has been retained to assist the county of Imperial in these efforts. Its investigation has determined that a bad actor gained access to its systems and deployed the ransomware malware variant, Ryuk, on its network.

The Ryuk ransomware reportedly encrypted files on some of the County of Imperial’s servers and devices, making them inaccessible, the county reported.

To date, the county has no evidence that any data has been accessed, but its investigation continues. As it works to complete the investigation, it will also look for opportunities to further enhance its existing security measures.

The County of Imperial appreciates the patience of the public as it addresses this incident. 

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