Madison County, Indiana officials were forced to file paperwork by hand after a ransomware infection rendered their files inaccessible.
Madison County, Indiana officials were forced to file paperwork by hand after a ransomware infection rendered their files inaccessible.

Public officials in Madison County, Indiana are reportedly unable to access the county server following a ransomware attack that targeted their files and demanded payment for their safe return.

According to an online report by Fox affiliate WXIN, local police, firefighters and other officials on Monday were logging all records by hand as the Indiana State Police Cybercrimes Unit investigated the incident. Officials reported being unable to access archived court records or criminal records, and also could not use computers to book suspects in jail.

“There are so many unknowns here because even the investigators that had a lot of experience in this area are telling us they have not dealt with this specific virus before,” said Madison Country Sheriff Scott Mellinger in the report.

Located in Central Indiana, Madison County had a population of just under 130,000 as of July 1, 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.