The Schuyler County (New York) Sheriff's Department's 911 emergency contact system was temporarily knocked offline by what local officials said was an attack by a foreign country.

Schuyler County Sheriff William Yessman Jr. told Community Newspaper Holding's that the attack took place earlier this month and involved repeated attempts to find the system's passwords until it was eventually accessed. Yessman did not offer any additional proof concerning why he believed the attack was conducted by a nation sate nor were any other details of what kind of cyberattack was involved revealed.

County-level cyberattacks in New York are now so prevalent that the New York State Association of Counties has added a workshop to study the issue to its upcoming conference.