A ransomware attack took a New Mexico jail offline, leaving inmates in lockdown

A ransomware attack took a New Mexico jail offline, leaving inmates in lockdown


Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

A ransomware attack last week has left an Albuquerque area jail without access to its camera feeds and rendered automatic door mechanisms unusable. Inmates have been confined to their cells as a result, while technicians struggled to bring systems back online.

As first reported by the Albuquerque Journal, visitor access to the Metropolitan Detention Center was completely suspended as the jail was put into lockdown. All internet services at the jail were also knocked offline, leaving staff unable to look up inmate records.

Based on the lack of camera coverage, all inmates within the facility were placed on lockdown from the…

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