On Friday, an advisory was issued about a critical flaw in a Java-based software known as “Log4j.” This software is widely used by companies like Apple, Twitter, and Tesla, and also Buncombe County Government. The flaw makes networks vulnerable to potential hackers who then can breach networks. At this time, our systems have not been exploited or compromised.
It’s our goal that none of our users will be impacted, either internally or externally. We know that nothing is more important than protecting our data, and our IT team is continuing to find, manage, and patch vulnerabilities to protect the integrity that data. We will continue to review external services and potential third-party exposures that may affect our organization directly.
We are not alone in this response. It’s estimated that this vulnerability could impact tens of millions of applications, and the Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about it. We’ll continue to provide updates throughout the response.