According to sources, Bucks County Department of Emergency Communications (a Public Safety organization in Pennsylvania) was hit with a cyber attack. It was first reported on 2024-01-23.

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Source 1  |  2024-01-23

Cybersecurity incident impacting Bucks County’s emergency communication system

“The Bucks County Department of Emergency Communications is investigating a cybersecurity incident that’s reportedly affecting the dispatch system. “

“However, officials stress that they are still able to receive 911 calls and dispatch first responders immediately. “

“In a letter to police, fire and EMS chiefs, the county said all phone and radio systems remain operational. “

“The biggest potential risk that the county could be looking at right now is the exposure of any data.“

Source 2  |  2024-01-28

Officials: ‘Akira' ransomware behind Bucks Co. emergency dispatch system cyberattack

“According to county officials, the ransomware group "Akira" is believed to have been responsible for the attack on a computer-aided emergency dispatch system that -- according to the Department of Homeland Security -- enables "dispatchers, call- takers, and 911 operators to prioritize and record incident calls, identify the status and location of responders in the field, and effectively dispatch responder personnel."“

“Without this system, Bucks County officials said that the county has lost automated services powered by CAD and law enforcement officials cannot access databases for the Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network nor the National Crime Information Center. “

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