No public data at risk in Scott County vendor cyberattack

No public data at risk in Scott County vendor cyberattack.
Published: Jan. 12, 2023 at 12:33 PM CST
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - A vendor working for Scott County suffered a cyberattack that’s led to land records being unavailable online.

Cott Systems Inc., a technology vendor for the Recorder’s Office, had a cyber incident on Dec. 26.

But that hasn’t jeopardized data on the county’s system.

“Data on Scott County’s network has not been breached,” said Matt Hirst, the county’s IT director. And “Scott County has not been made aware of any county data at risk.”

Hirst said the public can still view records in person at 600 W. 4th Street, Davenport.

Cyber incidents affecting Linn and Blackhawk counties were also reported Thursday. Officials there said a vendor hack was interfering with the counties’ ability to record sales of real estate in the recorders’ offices.

The incident involving the Scott County vendor is just the latest in a recent spree of cyberattacks against cities, counties and schools in the Quad-Cities. Rock Island County, LeClaire, Moline and Davenport schools have all had taxpayer money stolen or sensitive data hijacked.

This is a developing story. TV6 will provide updates on-air and online.