Cyberattack forces New York ethics agency’s systems offline

Cyberattack forces New York ethics agency’s systems offline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s ethics commission says it’s taken down its online filing system following what it’s calling a “deliberate malicious cyberattack.” The Joint Commission on Public Ethics said late Friday that a forensic analysis confirmed the attack several days after the agency received an alert of suspicious activity. The attack involves a web server that houses, among other systems, the agency’s lobbying application and financial disclosure filing systems.  Officials say the systems were taken down after the alert was received and will remain offline until further notice. It’s not yet known whether user or other agency information was breached. 

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