Update: Authorities examining the cyberattack on Fulton County government systems are exploring potential links to the Trump election interference case. Currently, there is no evidence of any connection.
Fulton County, Georgia, has fallen victim to a cyberattack, as confirmed by Robb Pitts, the chairman of the county’s board of commissioners.
An unexpected outage has impacted the county’s phone systems and disrupted specific online transactions, including those related to property tax, firearms, and marriage licenses, according to a statement posted on the county’s website.
Most offices were also unable to handle phone calls, officials reported.
An emergency press conference is scheduled for Monday, involving county officials, the FBI, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, as stated by Pitts.
The precise nature of the incident remains unclear. Government websites often face distributed denial-of-service attacks, causing temporary disruption by overwhelming them with internet traffic.
Notably, Fulton County is central to Georgia’s 2020 election interference case against former President Donald Trump.
His legal team has requested the disqualification of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis over allegations of an improper relationship with Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor hired by Willis to assist in the case.
Trump is currently facing over a dozen charges related to alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.