Ransomware Hits Capitol Hill Contractor
A company that provides a user engagement platform for US politicians has suffered a ransomware attack, leaving many lawmakers unable to email their constituents for days. From a report: The attack, which hit DC-based iConstituent, has affected the offices of nearly 60 House lawmakers across both parties, Punchbowl News reported earlier today, citing House officials, lawmakers, and office aides. Catherine Szpindor, the Chief Administrative Officer of the House, said she was informed of the attack, which appears to have been limited to iConstituent’s e-newsletter service and did not impact the company’s GovText text messaging system. Szpindor, which is in charge of House cybersecurity, was also quick to distance the US government’s network from the attack. “At this time, the CAO is not aware of any impact to House data,” Szpindor told Punchbowl News. “The CAO is coordinating with the impacted offices supported by iConstituent and has taken measures to ensure that the attack does not affect the House network and offices’ data.”

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