Suspected ransomware attack forces closure of most Bernalillo County buildings – KRQE News 13

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A suspected ransomware attack has resulted in Bernalillo County taking the affected county systems offline and has also led to severed network connections. The county reports that most Bernalillo County buildings are closed to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 5 however, employees are working remotely and can assist the public as much as possible.
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In a news release, the county states that vendors for county systems have been notified and are working to resolve the issue and restore system functions. All public safety departments including emergency 911 communications, the Sheriff’s Office, and Fire and Rescue are operating as normal using backup provisions.
The county states that the Metropolitan Detention Center has canceled all visits for Wednesday. Community centers remain open. County officials believe the attack happened between midnight and 5:30 a.m. It’s unclear when the county will be able to resume normal operations.
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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – A backdoor cold front will move through eastern New Mexico overnight bringing much colder weather for Thursday.
Strong winds have picked up this evening across the the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and east slopes down to the Clines Corners area. Winds will begin to die down through Thursday morning. A backdoor cold front will drive south across eastern New Mexico overnight bringing cold temperatures to start the day Thursday, along with wind chills in the single digits and single digits below zero.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A warning, after a spike in car break-ins at the Petroglyph National Monument. Almost all the crime is happening at just one of the trailheads. Park officials are recommending people consider hiking in other areas of the monument. “It’s a great time to visit the monument right now, it’s beautiful weather. The trails are beautiful but don’t leave anything in your vehicles,” said Superintendent of Petroglyph National Monument, Nancy Hendricks.
The monument is concerned about an increase in car break-ins happening over the last few months. “It’s very troubling for us to have our visitors and community members come out to the monument, have their things stolen from them,” Hendricks said.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –  The new members of the Albuquerque Public School Board of Education took the oath of office at Wednesday night’s first board meeting of the year. APS parent Courtney Jackson was one of the four new members sworn in. She joins the board along with Crystal Tapia-Romero, who has spent years as an early childhood advocate.
Josefina Dominguez, also sworn in, is a longtime APS teacher and former teacher Danielle Gonzales, who heads up the education policy organization New Mexico First. “I heard a desire for more focus on teaching and learning — more focus on the social and emotional dimensions of learning and more focus on mental health,” Gonzales said.

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