#Ransomware Cyberattack on Lower Makefield Township Causes Local Governments To Monitor Their Systems | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

A cyberattack on a Lower Bucks County municipality has left other local governments checking their systems.

Starting last week, Lower Makefield Township officials became aware their systems were compromised by a ransomware cyberattack. The attack impacted several of the municipality’s systems, including email, sources said.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Office (PEMA) included the attack in a statewide daily operations briefing provided to Gov. Tom Wolf, according to a document reviewed by LevittownNow.com.

PEMA reported Lower Makefield Township issued a disaster emergency declaration due to the attack.

Several Levittown-area local government officials said their communities have implemented steps to make sure the Lower Makefield Township attack doesn’t spread to their systems. Employees in some offices have been alerted to be wary when opening email from Lower Makefield Township-affiliated email addresses.

The Lower Makefield Township website and Facebook page don’t make mention of the cyberattack.

PEMA and the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency have provided assistance to Lower Makefield Township officials.

“The county and its Emergency Management Agency are aware of an issue impacting municipal computer systems in Lower Makefield. The county has provided some assistance to the township,” said James O’Malley, a spokesperson for county government.