LaSalle County Seal

LaSalle County Seal

UPDATE 2/26/20

LaSalle County government officials are continuing to deal with a cyber issue and officials say a ransomware demand on Sunday infected the county network.

Officials with the county IT department say in a statement that the type of ransomware is a malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until a ransom is paid.

As WSPY reported earlier in the week, county officials noted that data of county residents is secured. Officials also say that the county regularly backs up all data to an off-site location.

A vendor has also been working on site with the county and is in the process of restoring all data.

The ransomware attack has caused technology delays, such as county e-mail not functioning. LaSalle County has been working with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology.

Officials say in the statement that the county is not planning to pay a ransom as ransomware attackers generally don't provide all of the data back.

Some offices had limited computer function and are working under emergency protocols.Other offices were not impacted.

Like other counties, early voting is underway in LaSalle County and officials say voting has not been affected.

Records processing has been slowed in the county recorder's office. Documents are still being accepted by mail or in person but they are being dated for when they can be recorded into the system again.

A special freedom of information act e-mail has also been created to temporarily handle FOIA requests while the ransomware issues are sorted out.