JCOPE issues notice following cyber security attack
ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – On Friday, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced that it had provided the required notice to people whose emails / usernames and passwords were contained in a file to which February cybersecurity was incorrectly accessed. attack. JCOPE said the incident caused a temporary shutdown of JCOPE’s lobbying application systems and online financial disclosure statement (SDS).
Officials said they have identified a security incident in which JCOPE’s information technology systems were breached in a warning letter issued to comply with legal obligations with potentially affected people. As a result, files containing letters, email / username, and passwords for JCOPE Legacy FDS systems (prior to 2015) were incorrectly accessed.
The legacy FDS file system was in place to maintain the annual statements made by state employees and officials until their replacement in 2015. JCOPE said that once evidence of inadequate access to these systems was discovered, all passwords in the current FDS file system were reset as a precaution. measure.
In addition, JCOPE urges users to immediately change their password wherever that password has been reused. Individuals should always use complex passwords that are not repeated on the different platforms they said.
JCOPE is taking steps to minimize the future likelihood of a security incident by safeguarding people’s information. JCOPE continues to monitor information technology systems, including ongoing system vulnerability testing and security logging that they noted.