Health Department Phone System Hacked; County Buys Cyber Insurance

In their meeting Tuesday, the Bond County Board approved the purchase of cyber insurance for county departments.

Public Health Administrator Mark Ayers spoke about a recent phone hacking incident at the Bond County Health Department. Ayers said a non-password protected voicemail line at the department had been compromised and the hacker used the line to run up significant charges to the Dominican Republic. There were no other computer issues and no private data was obtained. Ayers said the department is working with New Wave Communications to resolve the matter and the phone has since been password protected. Ayers also detailed a 2013 incident where a virus infected a computer at the department.

The board approved the purchase of $6,105.15 in cyber insurance to be added to their existing liability insurance. $5,000 of the amount will be paid by the Bond County Health Department, $500 will be paid by the Circuit Clerk’s Office, and the remainder will be divided among county offices.

The board also approved Gary Redfern to a term on the Mulberry Grove Sanitation Board and unanimously agreed to waive the annual signing of the homestead exemption for county landowners 65 years of age or older.