El Dorado DMV opens after ransomware attack

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BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Butler County administrator says the Motor Vehicle Division and treasury department in El Dorado will open Thursday afternoon following a ransomware attack.

Will Johnson says the El Dorado departments will open at 3 p.m. and close at the normal time of 4:30 p.m.

"The Augusta Western Office and Driver’s License services will remain closed as it is still not able to serve customers at this time," Johnson said in a news release.

Anyone in the Augusta area needing to renew a driver’s license can go to licensing offices in Andover and Sedgwick County. 


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Butler County government faces a third day with limited computers Wednesday, due to a ransomware attack.

A statement from County Administrator William Johnson Tuesday night said the Western Office in Augusta will be closed until further notice. Email service to staff members remains down, and may not be restored until early next week.

The statement added Wednesday's goal for information technology workers is to restore limited service for driver's licenses, motor vehicle renewals and the Register of Deeds office.


Butler County offices are open Tuesday, but not much can be done by computer right now.

The county's network was taken over by a weekend ransomware attack. Someone is demanding the county pay money to get its system restored.

County officials say they're working with third parties and law enforcement, to get things back to normal. But until that happens, residents can't renew their driver's license or license plates.

Officials do not believe any personal or county information was compromised by the takeover.

Norton Security recommends several ways that people and businesses can prevent ransomware attacks:

  • Don't provide personal information easily online. That means being careful in answering an unexpected email or text.
  • Add a filter to emails, so they can be scanned for threats with bad attachments blocked.
  • Have a good backup system, for restoring files that might be corrupted.

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