Local authorities provided little information about the ransomware attack on Oct. 7, saying that vital systems were compromised within the government networks of Hall County.

According to Hall County spokesperson Katie Crumley, the county’s voter signature database and voting precinct map were heavily impacted by the attack. However, he noted that the county is in the process of getting the affected systems, including the map and database, back online.

The attackers are not thought to have directly attacked the voting systems of Hall County, with much of the county services being interrupted. Because of the network problems, the voting procedure for residents was not affected. Cybersecurity company Emsisoft’s Brett Callow noted that US local government agencies had become victims of ransomware attacks at a rate of about three per week. However, he claims that the effect on voting is more likely to be collateral damage.

During the current global pandemic, crypto-related scams and ransomware attacks around the world have dramatically surged. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation released an alert earlier this year stating that scammers might be trying to unleash a surge in crypto-related scams. Several nations have also recorded an increase in crypto scams involving a spike in ransomware attacks, Ponzi schemes, and other various forms of scams involving cryptocurrencies.

Several forms of crypto scams have become very common, including fake giveaways, sextortion, fake exchanges, fake ICO’s, bitcoin recovery, video scams, Ponzi schemes, and the list goes on.


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