The Orange County District Attorney has admitted that they were recently the victims of a cyberattack, last Friday. They do not know who hacked their servers.
The OCDA had to shut down their entire IT system to “prevent further intrusion into our system or other related systems,” according to a statement they released.
Authorities do not yet know what type of information may have been accessed by the hackers.
“To contain any effects of the cybersecurity incident, we isolated our network communications,” according to the OCDA’s office. “The District Attorney’s Office immediately coordinated with partner agencies, including all law enforcement entities in Orange County, including the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Insolating the effects of a cybersecurity incident is a best practice recommended by cybersecurity subject matter experts and the professionals responding to this incident.
“OCDA immediately began working with a third-party expert to assist in identifying any vulnerabilities in our information technology systems. OCDA staff has been working around-the-clock to ensure continuity of operations with our critical services and functions.”
Officials said the office is “continuing to mitigate and reduce impacts to public services.”
“We are coordinating with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to identify the perpetrators so they can be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” according to the D.A.’s Office.
The OCDA has custody of very sensitive records pertaining to suspects, convicts, etc. Some of that is public information but most of it is private and confidential. This cyber attack could be quite damaging.