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Virginia Agency’s Payroll System “Paralyzed” by Ransomware Attack | Government-and-politics

“They are investigating the extent of the intrusion,” said Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

The High Tech Crimes Division of the State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is working with the FBI and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to investigate the ransomware attack, which was discovered on Sunday night on the computer and computer systems of three critical agencies that draft laws, run IT services. for assembly and secure the Capitol and the surrounding seat of government in Richmond.

Virginia State Police “are working diligently to identify and research the source of the ransomware, and to help affected state agencies regain control of their systems,” spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

David Burhop, director of the Department of Legislative Automated Services, told lawmakers on Monday that hackers broke into the system on Friday night, “using extremely sophisticated malware.” The attackers provided a ransom demand “with no specific amount (or date) to recover our data,” he said.

Burhop said in an email that the attack affects all of the legislative agencies’ internal computer servers, “including drafting bills, our regulatory system, our budget system, file servers and voicemail. the general Assembly”.