New York state’s ethics watchdog has been attacked by hackers, officials revealed Friday.
The Joint Public Ethics Commission’s web servers were hit by a “deliberate malicious cyberattack” this week, according to a press release.
State technicians had reported suspicious web activity earlier in the week and disabled JCOPE’s system as a precaution. A forensic analysis confirmed the attack and the agency, which regulates lobbying at the state Capitol, remained offline for security reasons, officials said.
It was unclear who was behind the cyberattack, or if there had been an information breach. State investigators were investigating the incident.
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“Our first and highest priority is the security and integrity of data entrusted to the Commission by the regulated community,” said JCOPE Executive Director Sanford Berland.
“We are working with our information technology and law enforcement partners to identify the extent of the attack, to ensure the incident response is comprehensive, and to bring every system back online as soon as possible. safely possible.”