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Illinois attorney general acknowledges ransomware attack

May 3, 2021


The office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul admitted last week that it was the victim of a ransomware attack that included the theft and publication of agency files. The announcement arrived about three weeks after a data breach was first detected and just a few months after the office was warned of its vulnerabilities.

In a news release Thursday, Raoul’s office said that the stolen data may include people’s names, addresses, Social Security numbers, tax information and other sensitive information, and that the full scope of the attack is still being assessed. Files belonging to the attorney general’s office first appeared April 10 on a website affiliated with the DoppelPaymer malware, which has also victimized local government organizations, such as Torrance, California.

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