BY CALEB ALEXANDER
Rumors saying Clinton County would raise taxes to pay for a cyber attack are unfounded, according to Doug Gruenke. Now an Associate Judge, Gruenke said this recently when he was still State’s Attorney and it is still holding up.
The IT system for the county was crippled at the courthouse in Carlyle and the Sheriff’s Department because of this attack earlier this year but everything is back in order now, fully restored and fully functioning.
Gruenke is grateful that this problem was resolved before he left his county position. Decryption keys were obtained to unlock the system to keep the offices running and services provided. Gruenke had praise for John Skain and Miken Technology for their long hours working on the servers. Mr. Skain is from Germantown and he is an IT specialist.
The rumors about the taxes going up were just reckless comments from people who spoke without knowing the facts, Gruenke said. The county has cyber insurance that covered all the expenses involved in recovering from the attack.
This insurance has been in place for many years and is continuing. There was no information lost and no evidence of data infiltration. Some of the county’s files were corrupted so employees rebuilt the servers to make sure they were clean. Gruenke explained that it was simply that the files were locked and the county had to buy keys to unlock the system. All of those keys worked well.