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Official says phishing email led to ransomware attack in Jackson County | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


A phishing email is responsible for this week’s cyber hack in Jackson County. Jackson County Administrator Troy Shulte told KMBC 9 Thursday that an overnight corrections fell for a phishing email, which gave hackers a way in.”We had somebody overnight click on a phishing email, and that’s what triggered the attacker into the network,” he said. “The good thing is none of our core systems looked to have been damaged. There was no breach of taxpayer data. All of that’s held by a third party and wasn’t part of the county network. Courts weren’t impacted. 911 wasn’t impacted, boards of election weren’t impacted.”Shulte says the county avoided a major disaster thanks to a private IT company that was already working with Jackson County’s systems. The county says this hack did not impact Tuesday’s municipal election. Those results run through a separate department. Several offices, including Assessments, Collections, and the Recorder of Deeds, are closed until at least next week.”We’ll be up and running as soon as possible, but just give us a few days to make sure that we don’t inadvertently miss something or trigger visitors from Russia and their little hacking experience,” Schulte said. “So hopefully, we can get all that cleaned out of the system and get back to normal.”

A phishing email is responsible for this week’s cyber hack in Jackson County.

Jackson County Administrator Troy Shulte told KMBC 9 Thursday that an overnight corrections fell for a phishing email, which gave hackers a way in.

“We had somebody overnight click on a phishing email, and that’s what triggered the attacker into the network,” he said. “The good thing is none of our core systems looked to have been damaged. There was no breach of taxpayer data. All of that’s held by a third party and wasn’t part of the county network. Courts weren’t impacted. 911 wasn’t impacted, boards of election weren’t impacted.”

Shulte says the county avoided a major disaster thanks to a private IT company that was already working with Jackson County’s systems.

The county says this hack did not impact Tuesday’s municipal election.

Those results run through a separate department.

Several offices, including Assessments, Collections, and the Recorder of Deeds, are closed until at least next week.

“We’ll be up and running as soon as possible, but just give us a few days to make sure that we don’t inadvertently miss something or trigger visitors from Russia and their little hacking experience,” Schulte said. “So hopefully, we can get all that cleaned out of the system and get back to normal.”

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