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Ransomware attack believed to be behind Fulton County cybersecurity incident, officials say | #ransomware | #cybercrime


ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) – A ransomware attack is believed to be behind a “cybersecurity incident” that left several Fulton County government services unavailable for weeks, according to officials.

On Wednesday, Fulton County leaders gave their first public update since Feb. 5 on a cyber attack against the county.

The incident, first reported on Jan. 28, has impacted most of the county’s services, including processing and operations at the county courts and jail.

“While our investigation remains ongoing, we do have evidence that suggests this was a result of a ransomware incident caused by financially motivated actors,” Robb Pitts, chairman of Fulton County Board of Commissioners said during the news conference.

County officials said someone on the dark web claimed responsibility for the ransomware attack but the investigation is ongoing.

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County leaders said there are workarounds to keep the court system working. The Fulton County Jail has switched to backup systems.

A third of the phone lines are active, first appearance systems are working and libraries are continuing operations.

Officials said the property tax system is in progress of being restored. The water billing system is still down. Electronic payments are not accepted currently and there will be no late fees for customers or disconnections during the outage.

There are also delays in the justice system.

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In an online notice posted on Feb. 5, a spokesperson wrote that Fulton County is working with federal and local law enforcement to investigate and recover from the incident.

In early February, Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chair Robb Pitts said they do not believe the cybersecurity incident is tied to the election process or other current events.

“While we will not be satisfied until all of our systems are back up and running, we have made progress to bring you additional services online,” Pitts added.



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