After it was noticed late on Sunday, the Virginia General Assembly (VGA) became one of the many local governments that have been hit with ransomware in 2021, but the first state legislature. Initial analysis determined that the attack affected the Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS) and caused the system to be taken offline. Eventually, the issue caused other systems to go offline as well, which has prevented legislators from using many resources. A ransom note has been received, but the requested amount has not been specified. Additionally, other entities like the Virginia Law Portal and the Virginia Capitol Police have also been affected, but to a less serious extent. This attack has come at a crucial time as the state will have a new governor in January. It is unclear whether the attacker had that in mind or not, but the attack could have been carried out to cause commotion leading up to the inauguration.
Written by: Nataliia Zdrok, Threat Intelligence Analyst at Binary Defense Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased