Hackers Shut Down Emissions Tests In Parts Of 8 States, Including Utah

Apr 7, 2021, 8:56 PM | Updated: Apr 8, 2021, 1:08 pm

RIVERTON, Utah – A major software hack shut down the entire emission testing system in Salt Lake and Weber counties, causing frustration among drivers and serious financial troubles with some business owners.

“What do you do? You have to turn them away it’s killing businesses everywhere,” said Carl Huntington, an emissions tech at Emissions & Safety of Riverton.

Huntington has been spending 10 hours a day outside the shop on 12600 South, telling people what is happening.

People are counting on this to be done. They are worried about getting tickets,” he said.

The software company is called Applus+ Technologies. It’s an international database company out of Wisconsin that had its computer servers hacked. As a result, eight states across the country, including Utah, were not able to do emissions in certain locations.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been investigating the cybercrime. The motive was ransom that has not been paid, according to Marc Gaynor, the company’s program manager in Utah.

“This attack encrypted data on our servers, and we are currently in the process of decrypting that data and restoring all our services,” Gaynor told KSL-TV. “We understand (people’s) frustration. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are a victim of a crime and we are working diligently to restore services.”

Emissions & Safety of Riverton technicians confirmed the system came back online Thursday morning.

For the location’s owner that meant no income in over a week. Usually, they would see 60 to 100 cars a day come through their shop during this time of the month.

Its killing me, said Northrup. (To have it happen) this time of month is practically death for us because the last three days and the first three days is what we pay our bills with.

According to Salt Lake County, people can still register their vehicle using the Utah Division of Motor Vehicle’s 30-day temporary permit and then complete the emission test anytime within that window.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Brigham Young Cougars guard Richie Saunders (15) shoots the ball over Utah Utes center Lawson Lover...

John Coon, Associated Press

Utah survives late rally, hands No. 14 BYU first loss of the season

A historic win by Utah basketball over BYU marks the first time Utah's succeeded over a ranked BYU team since 1993.

2 hours ago

Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Chabad Lubavitch of Utah joins KSL's Sunday Edition to speak about the Jewis...


Sunday Edition: Rabbi Avremi Zippel

Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Chabad Lubavitch of Utah joins the show today to discuss the growing antisemitic rhetoric across the US amidst the Hannukah celebration.

4 hours ago

FILE - This Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, shows Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home which is oper...

Brianna Chavez

Utahn recounts how attempted arson at the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. was prevented

Several bystanders, including two from Utah, were able to prevent a 26-year-old woman from burning down the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday evening. The incident has since sparked national attention.

16 hours ago

Matt Cavanaugh ran the Salt Lake City Marathon in freezing weather on April 22. This was his fourth...

Kaigan Mears Bigler

12 marathons, 1 year, 1 kidney: A Park City man’s race to raise awareness

Even with only one kidney, 44-year-old Park City resident Matt Cavanaugh will be running his 12th marathon of the year on Sunday, completing his goal of completing 12 marathons, each in under three hours, in 2023.

17 hours ago

The family of a young girl who fell from a bedroom window said they want other people to install ex...

Shelby Lofton

Family of 8-year-old girl seriously injured after second-story window fall shares safety warning

The family of a young girl who fell from a bedroom window said they want other people to install extra protection locks on their windows.

21 hours ago

FILE — The Kane County Sheriff's Office took four people into custody Friday following a traffic...

Mark Jones

Four individuals arrested in fentanyl bust in Kanab

The Kane County Sheriff's Office took four people into custody Friday following a traffic stop that resulted in the discovery of several package of fentanyl pills.

21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Hackers Shut Down Emissions Tests In Parts Of 8 States, Including Utah