State Ethics Committee expects to be back online after cyberattack | Local News

ALBANY — A cyberattack on the New York Ethics Commission last month is expected to keep lobbying and financial disclosure systems offline for about a week, officials said Saturday.

The Joint Public Ethics Commission said it was continuing to investigate the attack on its web application server, but expected the electronic lobbying and financial disclosure reporting systems be back online by Friday. The attack was discovered by a suspicious activity alert on February 21, and all systems were taken offline as a precaution.

“We expect operations to resume next week, but we will not sacrifice security and integrity for the sake of speed,” JCOPE Executive Director Sanford Berland said in a prepared statement.

It is not known who was behind the attack. It appears to have entered via US-based IP addresses, which are numeric designations that identify locations on the Internet. But JCOPE said “these could easily have been just the last stop on a world tour”.

The agency responsible for ensuring compliance with state ethics and lobbying rules said the investigation has so far shown there was an attack on its legacy lobbying filing system, which has not been used since 2018.

JCOPE said there was no direct evidence of unauthorized access to user data or the third-party credit card system.

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