JCOPE issues an advisory following a security cyberattack

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ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – On Friday, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced that it had provided the required notice to individuals whose emails/usernames and passwords were on file which had not been accessed inappropriately during the February cybersecurity. offensive. JCOPE said the incident caused the temporary shutdown of JCOPE’s lobbying application and online Financial Disclosure Reporting (FDS) systems.

Officials said they identified a security incident in which JCOPE’s computer systems were breached in a notification letter issued to meet legal obligations to potentially affected people. As a result, files containing letters, emails/usernames and passwords for FDS JCOPE Legacy systems (before 2015) were accessed incorrectly, according to them.

The Legacy FDS filing system was in place to retain annual filings made by employees and state officials until it was replaced in 2015. JCOPE said that once evidence of inappropriate access to these systems discovered, all current FDS filing system passwords have been reset as a precautionary measure. measure.

In addition, JCOPE invites users to immediately change their password on all other sites on which this password has been reused. Individuals should always use complex passwords that are not repeated across different platforms, they said.

JCOPE takes steps to minimize the future likelihood of a security incident by protecting individuals’ information. JCOPE continues to monitor information technology systems, including ongoing system vulnerability testing and security logging that they have noted.

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