Henry County posted a notice on its administrative building July 17 after it was attacked by malware.
Photo: LEON STAFFORD/AJC
Photo: LEON STAFFORD/AJC

Henry County hoping to get its network operational by week’s end

Two weeks after they shutdown the county’s computer network because of a malware threat, Henry officials on Wednesday said the system may be back online by week’s end.

In a press release, the south metro community said it continues to make progress bringing its network up, but did not specify a day when it would be fully restored. 

“All county facilities are in various stages of operation, with many departments relatively unaffected by the county’s recent cyber incident, including senior services, DOT, stormwater, the Recycling Center and the Henry County Airport,” the county said.

Henry announced on July 17 that its network had been breached in the early morning hours. It followed a ransomware attack in late June on the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts and a July 13 ransomware breach in the Lawrenceville Police Department. 

The Georgia Department of Public Safety recently reported it was breached last Friday. 

“We want the citizens to know that Henry County is open for business and we are working to ensure that all departments and systems are operating at a 100 percent,” Henry Deputy County Manager Brad Johnson said.

“However, we also want to make sure we are doing it safely and are taking extra time and precaution to make sure that all of our systems are free from any malware or viruses that could compromise our cyber capabilities,” he said.

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