Fremont County Web Services Fully Restored After August Cyberattack

CAÑON CITY, Colo. — Nearly two months after a cyberattack on Fremont County, Commissioner Debbie Bell announced Tuesday that all services are back up and running.

“We are fully operational, we have all operations in effect,” Bell said after the Fremont County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. “We continue to experience some minor software issues.”

The August cyberattack is one of many that have recently impacted the state’s online services. As Colorado Springs airport was just involved in a cyberattack along with many other airports across the country.

The cyberattack destroyed county government systems on Wednesday, August 17.

The attack shut down Fremont County government buildings and county government systems for the rest of the week.

The county responded by assembling an incident response team led by Fremont County Emergency Management and the Governor’s Office of Information Technology.

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Colorado State Emergency Operations Center and federal partners have stepped in to support Fremont County as the investigation continues.

“When it comes to fighting cybercrime, we are stronger together,” says state information security officer Ray Yepes. “The state has deployed resources to help lead response and recovery efforts following the Fremont County cybersecurity incident, and we will continue to provide support in conjunction with our partners in the county, state and federal government until all services are restored.”

After the county’s systems were attacked, all computers had to be deleted and cleaned of malware before re-downloading all software.

“A big thank you and congratulations to our IT staff,” Bell said. “I don’t know what we would have done if we didn’t have these amazing people in place when this attack happened.”

According to the Fremont County site, while all services are available to residents, there are a few internal “issues” that they are still working out.

What is still working:

  • System emails
  • Fraud Guard
  • Credit/debit cards – do not work internally

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