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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Bullitt County Fiscal Court has increased security measures in place after a cyber hack involving the Judge-Executive Jerry Summers.

Back in April, the county received notice that Summers’ direct deposit details had been altered, according to documents obtained through Kentucky’s open records law.

The county said a hacker appeared to gain access to the county coordinator’s email and was able to pose as another employee to request a change to Summer’s direct deposit. County Attorney Tammy Baker said Summers’ direct deposit information was then changed, and one paycheck went to the wrong account.

The county hasn’t released how much money was involved. 

Baker said, “Judge Summers was cut a second check.  The money that went to the hacker’s account has not been recovered to my knowledge.  Judge Summers’ annual salary is $134,481.”

Bullitt County said it immediately signed out all county devices, reset passwords and wiped and set up a new laptop for Summers. The county has also increased security measures for authentication, will be adding more security to the courthouse network and is implementing cyber security awareness training.

“The county accounts have been safe at all times, and no one other than Judge Summers was impacted,” Baker said. “Our IT firm has checked and cleaned all computers.”

“This is an issue that, unfortunately, has become commonplace in the era of online banking.”

Requests for an on-camera interview with several Bullitt County officials went unanswered.

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