Early Tuesday morning Washington County Sheriffâ€™s Office came under a ransomware cyber attack.
While the attack is ongoing, the WCSO Information Technology (IT) staff and a private IT company are working on a solution. Sheriff Kevin Crews says the malware has locked down the finance and jail computer systems.
Crews says he believes they know the origin of the attack.
â€œWe believe the attack originated in Russia,â€ Crews said. â€œWe arenâ€™t absolutely sure but we believe it to be.â€
Calls for service and communication with officers are still working according to Crews.
â€œWe still have the ability to answer calls into E-911 and dispatch our officers accordingly,â€ Crews said. â€œOur lines of communication are still open.â€
Crews declined to comment on the demands from the hackers simply saying, â€œI will not be meeting any of the demands, so what they want doesnâ€™t matter.â€
This is a developing story and we will continue to update as information becomes available.