On Tuesday, the Mississippi secretary-of-state’s website was repeatedly attacked by cyberattacks, leading to the website being shut down. The department posted on social media Tuesday.
Although the department doesn’t have voting data, it does provide information for voters about where and how to vote during the midterm.
The office stated that “Several state websites, including the Secretary-of-State’s website, have been experiencing issues today.” If you have any difficulties accessing election information, please call our Elections Hotline (1 800 829-6786), your local Circuit Court Clerk, or your local Election Commission. Please vote! The polls will remain open until 7:00 PM.
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According to NBC News, Russian hackers called for the site to be attacked.
Other websites were also targeted in DDoS attacks (distributed Denial-of-Service) on Tuesday, but they weren’t taken offline, according WAPT-TV Jackson.
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The agency said Tuesday night that it had been in contact with vendors for several hours and was working to implement mitigations. “And so, I hope that that’s going be mitigated here within the next few hours. They have been directly involved in our work.”
The website was restored to online status by 7:30 p.m. local.
According to WAPT-TV, this attack is the most “sustained” in the U.S.
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Fox News Digital reached out to the office after-hours for clarification but they didn’t immediately reply.