ATLANTA — A cyberattack that hit authorities programs in Fulton County, Georgia, over the weekend affected the places of work of the district lawyer who’s prosecuting former President Donald Trump on election interference fees, native officers mentioned Monday.
All desktop telephones, intranet and units utilizing county servers are down for all departments, together with District Lawyer Fani Willis’ workplace, mentioned a county official with information of the state of affairs.
County workers obtained an electronic mail notification in regards to the outage Monday, the official mentioned.
Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts confirmed at a information briefing Monday afternoon that the outage, which he mentioned affected the county’s telephones, courts and tax programs, “was a results of a cybersecurity incident” and that regulation enforcement was investigating.
“We don’t but have a selected time-frame for when these programs will likely be restored,” Pitts mentioned.
“Right now, we aren’t conscious of any switch of delicate details about residents or workers, however we’ll proceed to look rigorously at this difficulty,” he added.
A spokesperson for Willis’ workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The case involving Trump and his co-defendants has a number of coming deadlines for filings, together with one this week for Willis, who is anticipated to answer allegations that she had an improper relationship with the particular prosecutor concerned within the election case.
4 of the preliminary co-defendants have pleaded responsible, whereas Trump and the others have pleaded not responsible.
The county mentioned in a information launch Sunday that whereas most county places of work remained open, sure transactions can be restricted, and that its Data Know-how Division was addressing the outage.
A spokesperson for the FBI’s Atlanta discipline workplace mentioned in a press release Monday that the company was involved with the county in regards to the incident.
“Whereas we can’t touch upon any particular incidents, the FBI routinely advises the private and non-private sectors about cyber threats so as to assist them guard towards the actions of cyber criminals,” Tony Thomas mentioned within the assertion. “We work with our interagency companions to establish, pursue, and defeat all those that partake in cybercrime.”
A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation mentioned it was not investigating the matter.
Blayne Alexander reported from Atlanta and Zoë Richards from New York.