Murder suspect freed after cyberattack

Authorities in Fulton County, Georgia, are searching for a murder suspect after his accidental release following a disruptive hacking attack.

Zion River Shaka, 30, likely couldn’t believe his luck after Clayton County Sheriff’s Office set him free.

Reportedly, Zion Shaka had been transferred to Clayton County Jail for a court hearing and was meant to be immediately returned to Fulton where he had been incarcerated. However, the suspect was accidentally released after the hearing.

Local media reports show that after the hearing, Clayton County’s deputy called Fulton County to ask if the suspect was their inmate and should be returned. The deputy supposedly was told that Shaka wasn’t.

At the same time, Fulton County was experiencing a system outage due to a cyberattack. The county’s systems, both for public and internal use, were severely disrupted.

According to the county’s statement, phone lines are down, court transactions are unavailable, the local sheriff’s office must use paper records for detainee processing, the police department cannot issue police reports, and other services are unavailable.

Fulton County, which includes most of the city of Atlanta, recently made headlines when its grand jury indicted Donald Trump for allegedly participating in a wide-ranging scheme to try to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia illegally.