Hackers Paralyze 911 Operations in Suffolk County, NY

A Sept. 8 ransomware attack on government systems in Suffolk County, New York continues to wreak havoc on area citizens, prompting overwhelmed 911 operators working without the aid of computers to call for backup.

The ransomware attack means emergency operators work with pen and paper and then make phone calls to dispatched officers to send help, according to New York’s NBC affiliate. The Suffolk County Police Department has asked the New York Police Department for assistance in handling the calls. In response, the NYPD will add five additional officers per shift to help, NBC New York reported.

Emergency lines are not the only systems affected in Suffolk County. The police don’t have access to their car computers, and even the title reporting system is shut down, meaning no one can close real estate deals in the area.

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