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Thousands in Pa. county lost private data to cyberattack

Thousands in Pa. county lost private data to cyberattack


Another local government in Pennsylvania has been hit by a cyberattack, this time in Butler County.

Officials confirmed that the attack compromised the personal information of thousands of residents,

Today in Pa.

PennLive daily podcast, Today in Pa., previously reported how Butler County officials confirmed this week that their computer network had been breached by hackers, allowing them to gain access to the public’s personal data including Social Security and taxpayer ID numbers as well as medical information.

According to the Tribune Review, government officials were notified of “suspicious activity” on the network months ago by federal officials. The investigation into the attack continues as of the publishing of the report, and those affected are being notified.

In fact, CBS Local Pittsburgh is now reporting how over 6,500 citizens are estimated to have been impacted by the breach.

“There’s nothing sacred any more,” tells one resident, Glen Cummins, to the news publication. “It involves official things you shouldn’t have to question, and it’s unfortunate that you do.”

Today in Pa. has extensively covered the various cyberattacks which have occurred throughout the state, from those which have occurred on medical institutions — affecting cancer patients — to the more recent (and increasingly frequent) malware incidents against local governments. The Philadelphia Inquirer and the state courts system have also been victims so such attacks.

This isn’t a problem specific to Pennsylvania, either: The Wall Street Journal reported last week how FBI Director, Christopher Wray, warned bother officials and the public of impending Chinese cyberattacks that could compromise U.S. infrastructure at an “unprecedented scale.”

Further information regarding the attack in Butler County— such as who the hackers are — remains pending.



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