Hackers Attacked Washington State Government Offices
The hackers have launched a massive and sophisticated malware campaign against the computer networks of government offices in Washington State. This was reported by sources of the Bloomberg news agency.
As a result of the attack, the computer systems of many government agencies were infected with malware, including the Trickbot Trojan. The attack has been going on for more than a week, but has yet to have a significant impact on government operations, even when problems with government equipment have been identified.
“We are aware of the active cyber threat facing government agencies ... although we currently have no reason to believe the attacks are targeting elections,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman's office said on Twitter.
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee also announced a major phishing campaign targeting government agencies. However, in reality, the situation turned out to be much more serious. Attackers successfully gained access to the networks of several government agencies, spreading malware and creating a springboard for further attacks.
According to sources, the US Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and Microsoft are helping the Washington authorities repel the attack.
The motives of the attackers remain unknown. At least 13 government agencies and commissions were affected by the attack, including correctional facilities, parks and recreational facilities, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to Trickbot, the attacks used other malware called Emotet, the source said.