Wide-ranging Ransomware Attack Takes Down Local County Government in Alabama

August 28, 2023


The local government of George County, Alabama was thrown into chaos this weekend when ransomware actors used a discrete phishing email to gain deep access to the county’s systems. The ransomware attack took down nearly all of the government’s in-office computers.

The attack is the latest in a string of incidents affecting counties across the U.S., including ones in Delaware, California, South Carolina, New Jersey and Oregon as well as major metropolitan areas like Oakland and Dallas. Ransomware groups have shown little preference, targeting both small counties and large ones alike. The second quarter of 2023 saw 59 attacks, far above the 51 seen in the second quarter of 2022.

Incident Date

July 20, 2023

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified