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Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies


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Notification of a cyber-attack.

More than a dozen of Washington State's departments and commissions reportedly have been hit by a sophisticated malware attack.

Credit: securitylab.ru

More than a dozen of Washington State's departments and commissions reportedly have been hit by a sophisticated malware attack.

Although the attack has not affected state operations significantly, it highlights potential vulnerabilities in state computer networks about a month ahead of the U.S. Presidential election.

The multifaceted attack enabled hackers to spread malware, including Trickbot and Emotet, and to establish a foothold in several state agencies.

It remains uncertain whether any data was stolen.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and Microsoft Corp. are assisting state efforts against the attack.

The office of Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman office tweeted it was aware of the attack, “though we have no reason at this time to believe this is targeted at elections.”

From Bloomberg
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