As if you need yet another reminder why our local elections and Government are not safe, earlier today, October 30th 2019, “M1rox” of Ghost Squad Hackers announced a hack of the Putnam County State Government of Ohio. Though no data was leaked in conjunction with today’s announcement, the defacement of the counties website indicates that hacker was able to gain full root access over the entire website itself – theoretically along with all of its data.
While the hacker may not necessarily have had any political motives, at least in terms of conducting espionage for other countries, the news comes within weeks of Mississippi’s warning that close to 75% of the states offices are not prepared to mitigate,deflect or handle a cyber attacks again them. Expectedly enough, upon analyzing the website myself, Putnam Counties home website lacks even an SSL. Regardless, as M1rox once again reminds us, our state and local Governments are far from safer as we continue to inch closer towards 1 year until elections.
— ~#GhostSquadHackers (@GhostSquadHack) October 30, 2019