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Klamath County Falls Prey to Electronic Security Breach

The board of county commissioners believe that a phishing scheme originating in Nigeria breached their security.

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 3:47 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath County has experienced an electronic security breach, according to Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris of the Board of Klamath County Commissioners. The breach was first discovered on March 14, 2018.

An employee’s network credentials were compromised by a phishing scam email apparently originating in Nigeria, according to Morris. The scam succeeded in forwarding all of the employee’s incoming emails to another email account.

County “security protocols” were able to identify the unauthorized activity, according to Morris. Once the issue was pinpointed, the County was able to prevent any further forwarding of the employee’s emails.

Law enforcement has been notified of the breach, and Morris claims that the County will be adopting additional security measures to prevent future electronic breaches.

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