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Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid


A ransomware warning.

A hacker publicly released election-related files from Hall County, GA, after county officials failed to pay a ransom.

Credit: paranet.com

A computer hacker publicly released election-related files from Hall County, GA, after county officials failed to pay a ransom.

The hacker labeled the released data as "example files," which generally are used to encourage ransom payment before more-compromising information is made public.

A review of the DoppelPaymer ransomware group's website shows the hacked files contain voter names and registration numbers and an election-equipment inventory, among other things.

The county announced the ransomware attack on Oct. 7, but has not commented about the amount of ransom demanded.

Said Brett Callow of cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, "What, if any, other data the criminals obtained during the attack is something only they and, perhaps, Hall County know.”

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