Cumberland County Register of Deeds online systems brought down by ransomware

published: Oct. 20, 2023

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The online records of the Cumberland County Register of Deeds experienced a temporary outage due to a ransomware attack that was discovered on one of the servers. Fortunately, only one server was impacted, and there was no reported loss or compromise of data.

The affected server was disabled, and efforts to rebuild the server and website were initiated. Importantly, the images of records were stored on a separate server and remained unaffected by the ransomware incident.

The ransomware attack also had repercussions for Hoke County's Register of Deeds website. However their documents were not compromised, and they anticipated getting their website back up and running no later than the coming Saturday.

To address the situation, the Cumberland County Register of Deeds office is collaborating with various agencies all of which provide technical guidance and support to government and educational entities facing cyber threats.

Efforts are currently underway to investigate the source of the attack and determine who was behind it.

The impact of the ransomware attack extended to the realtors in the region who rely on the Register of Deeds' website for various real estate-related activities. While the attack inconvenienced realtors, it wouldn't significantly affect business operations.

Cumberland County Register of Deeds online systems brought down by ransomware