First ransomware attack in 2020 Election hits Georgia’s electoral infrastructure

A ransomware attack on Hall County’s government systems in Georgia also affected vital electoral infrastructure. that was revealed.

Local officials initially released few details about the October 7 attack, alleging that “critical systems within Hall County’s government networks” were affected. CNN reported that today The incident “could be the first ransomware attack to hit the electoral infrastructure this political season”.

According to Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley, The district’s signature database and the polling station map were badly affected by the attack. However, Crumley stated so The district is in the process of bringing the affected systems back online, including map and database.

“The voting process for our citizens was not affected due to network problems.”

First ransomware attack in 2020 Election hits Georgia’s electoral infrastructure
First ransomware attack in 2020 Election hits Georgia’s electoral infrastructure

The attackers are not believed to have targeted Hall County’s electoral systems;; Many of the county’s services are down, including phone and email.

Brett Callow of cybersecurity firm Emsisoft explained this when speaking to Cointelegraph US local governments were attacked by ransomware at the rate of about three per weekalthough he believes the impact on the vote is more like “collateral damage”.

However, Callow believes that further incidents will affect the electoral systems before election day.with an effect that goes beyond mere technical damage.

“There is also a very real risk that they will shake voters’ confidence in the integrity of the vote, especially since confidence may already be quite low.”

Concern about the threat ransomware can pose to the US presidential election has increased for weeks; The security company NTT issued a warning last month Criminal agents may already have broken into large government networks and may wait until they wreak havoc closer to the elections.

Callow said the criminals are keen to get the maximum advantage. “What better time to extort money from a government by hijacking its systems than when those systems are needed most?” He said.

October 12th Microsoft announced that it had disrupted the large Trickbot ransomware network that sparked political movements like Black Lives Matter to trick victims into downloading the malware.. The computer conglomerate also offers its security products freely to organizations that participate in the elections.

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