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Lights Out in Georgia: Fulton County Hit by Major Cyberattack

Sparking an FBI investigation.
Emily Hill
Contributing Writer

Fulton County, Georgia’s most populous region, is currently grappling with a significant IT outage triggered by a cyberattack discovered over the weekend. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Robb Pitts, announced at a Monday press conference that the attack has severely impacted county office phone systems and online transactions, notably affecting services related to firearm and marriage licenses.

The cyberattack’s ramifications extend across various facets of county operations, from court and tax systems to public library services. An active investigation by law enforcement agencies has sparked, including the FBI, with efforts underway to restore the affected systems. However, the attack’s origins remain unclear, with no group yet claiming responsibility.

Why it matters: The cyberattack on Fulton County underscores the escalating threat that local governments face. This incident not only disrupts essential public services but also exposes the vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructures of governmental entities, raising questions about preparedness and response strategies to such attacks.

  • With the FBI’s involvement, the investigation into the cyberattack is a crucial step toward understanding the breach’s extent and preventing future incidents. The lack of a definitive timeline for system restoration adds to the urgency of resolving the outage and securing the county’s IT infrastructure.
  • Despite most county offices remaining open, some locations, including the downtown Atlanta Tax Commissioner’s office, were forced to close on Monday, causing inconvenience and widespread issues for residents.
  • Fulton County’s response and recovery efforts could set a precedent for how similar future attacks are handled, stressing the importance of proactive cybersecurity investments and incident response planning.

Go Deeper -> Georgia’s largest county confirms cyberattack causing widespread issues – The Record

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