Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office experiencing suspicious cyber activity, independent sources say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UPDATE : The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has released an official statement:

“Neither the City of Jacksonville nor the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is the subject of a ransomware attack. Friday evening, the City detected suspicious activity from an outside server thanks to cyber security detection software implemented within the last year. When City staff was alerted to a possible issue, they were able to quickly disable the account and implement precautionary measures.”

“The situation is contained, and all systems are functioning properly. In an abundance of caution, the City and JSO have taken precautionary measures to limit access while cyber security teams finish a deep dive throughout the system. -Brian Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer.”

The FBI Jacksonville Cyber Task Force has released an official statement:

“The FBI Jacksonville Cyber Task Force has been providing assistance to the City of Jacksonville related to potentially suspicious activity on its system, and our technically trained cyber experts will continue to share any new information available to assist them in making informed decisions.”

The State Attorney’s Office has released the following statement:

“Our computer systems have not been affected by issues impacting other agencies — it remains business as usual, with only minor challenges using systems we jointly access with other parties.”

ORIGINAL: Five independent sources have confirmed off the record a widespread JSO outage.

According to those sources, The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been experiencing major technical issues and computer outages due to an apparent Ransomware attack that began as early as Saturday morning.

This outage affects the Office’s Computer-Assisted Dispatch system, limiting the ability of officers in the field to file reports.

The Dispatch System has been offline since yesterday, as reported from the JSO Completed Dispatch website.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office budget for 2022 totals $358,517,260.

Action News Jax has a crew working on this story to learn more information, and the extent this has affected the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and its systems.

Action News Jax has reached out to JSO for a statement and confirmation, as well as the Mayor’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, and the FBI. This is an ongoing story.

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