Investigators still know the extent of the cyberattack that has affected U.S. government agencies and other victims around the world – AFP
A company that provides a user engagement platform for U.S. politicians has suffered a ransomware attack, leaving many lawmakers unable to send emails to its components for days. The attack, which affected DC-based iConstituent, has affected the offices of nearly 60 U.S. lawmakers on both sides (plus officials and office aides). Gizmodo has reported.
In addition to home offices, iConstituent also provides services to state officials, who are also likely to be affected by the recent incident.
After the cyberattack, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio (Republican) expressed his opinion that the news of the incident demonstrates the breadth of the entities vulnerable to these attacks.
“Just this morning the news broke that a constituent outreach service platform using about 60 U.S. Congress offices, the House of Representatives, received a ransomware attack,” Portman said. “As I said before, no one is safe from these attacks, including us.”
Commenting on the topic for digital newspaper is Gary Ogasawara, CTO, Cloudian. He explains that this issue is another example of the ransomware assault on powerful institutions, and noted: “Ransomware attacks on government infrastructure are becoming more frequent. For government agencies, it is not only necessary to protect data and keeping them out of the hands of threatening actors, but keeping the networks running is critical. “
As for how protection can be ensured, Ogasawara recommends: “Storage-level background-proof data protection can safeguard your data while helping to restore operations on time. Businesses can achieve this by maintaining an immutable copy of their backup data to prevent cybercriminals from encrypting or deleting files. “
In doing so, Ogasawara says, “This means that hackers will not be able to access sensitive information and organizations can operate with confidence in the face of this security threat.”
The onslaught of attacks has led the Biden Administration to urge private companies to protect themselves from ransomware attacks. In an open letter, White House administrators describe how “the private sector has a clear and unwavering responsibility” in reducing the cyberattack response in the country.