Ransomware may have hit Moultrie computer system

Sullivan, Ill (WAND) – Moultrie County is dealing with computer issues which may be caused by a dangerous ransomware.

IT experts were seen working in the county courthouse throughout the day Friday.  They are dealing with an issue reported to the Illinois State Board of Elections earlier this month as a database problem.  The Board of Elections says it believes the issue was taken care of later that day.

Moultrie County Clerk Georgia England says the issue has not impacted early voting.  She pointed out forty-to-fifty people a day have been voting in the small central Illinois county.

When asked specifically if the issue is ransomware her response was as follows:

“We’ve had computer issues but we have a great forensic team, a great IT team that’s taking care of everything.  And I’m kind of limited in what I can say about everything.”

Other employees in the office called the issue ransomware.  A source told WAND News that as many as three servers may have been infected.

The clerk does not expect any problems counting ballots on election night.

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