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Jackson County websites back online after nine-day outage

From the assessor’s office to the sheriff’s office, Jackson County’s official web pages are back online after being downed for more than a week.

The county’s official website, jacksoncountyor.org was restored Wednesday afternoon, according to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office social media post, marking the end of a nine-day outage sparked by a ransomware attack and the restoration of web pages for a wide range of county services ranging from property data to public meeting schedules to public health data.

Also back online is the county-created website RogueValleyRebuilds.org, which contains information about the recovery process and information for victims of the Almeda and South Obenchain fires.

The local sites were downed from about Nov. 16-25 following a hacker attack on the county’s website hosting provider, Managed.com, according to an earlier news report and tech blog Bleeping Computer. Managed.com is of the largest providers of managed web hosting, and took down all its servers in an effort to preserve its customers’ data after a Russia based hacker collective REvil encrypted Managed.com data seeking a half-million dollar ransom from the hosting provider.

The county launched an alternate website last week, jacksoncounty.org, with some updates such as the county’s certified election results and daily updates about COVID-19 numbers in Jackson County. As of Thursday, the alternate website is still live.

Jackson County’s official website, jacksoncountyor.org was restored Wednesday afternoon, as was RogueValleyRebuilds.org, which contains information about the recovery process and information for victims of the Almeda and South Obenchain fires.