Fulton County Cyberattack: Cyberattack Hits Georgia County Where Trump Faces Charges

Written by Gabby Lee

January 31, 2024

Fulton County Cyberattack: Cyberattack Hits Georgia County Where Trump Faces Charges

The recent Fulton County cyberattack on Georgia had a widespread impact on various departments, including the office of District Attorney Fani Willis. This incident disrupted the functionality of desktop phones, intranet, and devices connected to county servers.

All departments, including the one responsible for prosecuting former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants on election interference charges, have been affected.

Georgia, Fulton County Cyberattack Affected Court Systems and Tax Systems

On Monday, county employees were notified via email about the outage, according to the county official. During a news briefing in the afternoon, Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts confirmed that the incident, which impacted the county’s phones, courts, and tax systems, was indeed a cybersecurity incident. He also mentioned that law enforcement is currently investigating the matter.

“We do not yet have a specific time frame for when these systems will be restored,”

“At this time, we are not aware of any transfer of sensitive information about citizens or employees, but we will continue to look carefully at this issue,”

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts said.

The Cyber Attack in GA County Hits at a Time When President Donald Trump Is Facing Election Charges

A spokesperson for District Attorney Fani Willis’ office has chosen not to provide any comments regarding the cyberattack incident. In relation to the ongoing case involving former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants, there are upcoming deadlines for filing submissions.

This week, Willis is expected to respond to allegations of an improper relationship with the special prosecutor assigned to the election case. Out of the initial co-defendants, four have already pleaded guilty, while Trump and the remaining individuals have entered pleas of not guilty.

In a news release issued on Sunday, the county stated that although most county offices would continue operating, certain transactions might be restricted due to the outage. The county’s Information Technology Department is actively working to resolve the issue.

The FBI’s Atlanta field office confirmed on Monday that they have been in communication with the county regarding the incident.

“While we cannot comment on any specific incidents, the FBI routinely advises the public and private sectors about cyber threats in order to help them guard against the actions of cyber criminals,”

“We work with our interagency partners to identify, pursue, and defeat all those who partake in cybercrime.”

Tony Thomas said in the statement.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that they are not involved in the investigation of the cyberattack incident.

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