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FBI investigates possible computer breach at Missouri courthouse

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Updated: FBI agents removed computer equipment from the courthouse in Camden County, Missouri, this week as they worked with state officials to investigate a possible computer breach.

County phone and computer systems have been shut down since Monday, and an outside company has been hired to investigate, the Lake Sun reports in stories here and here.

The county website appeared to be unavailable on Thursday, and calls to the sheriff’s department were not being answered, ABC17 News reports.

A press release issued Thursday afternoon said there is no evidence that court files were accessed because it is maintained on a separate network by a state court administration office, the Lake Sun reports. Phone and internet communications within the courthouse are shut down, however.

The sheriff’s department 911 system was also working, but nonemergency dispatch was affected.

The county’s four information technology employees have been suspended with pay while the investigation continues.

County officials have held two closed door meetings to discuss the issue.

Updated on Sept. 23 to report on latest press release saying court files were not affected.

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