Seeds of State Ransomware Attack Planted in Virginia’s Legislative Computing System Last Spring | Government and politics
“It demonstrates something that’s not a Richmond problem – it’s a national problem,” he said.
A criminal investigation is underway, led by the Virginia State Police with the help of the FBI, to determine who was behind the attack.
Warner, who is in Richmond to attend the inauguration of Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin on Saturday, said “no definitive amount” of ransom was demanded by the attackers and the state refused to follow them “in the Dark Web” of the Internet to find.
He said he had no evidence that foreign countries, such as Russia or China, were involved in the Virginia attack, but he noted that domestic adversaries like to disrupt government operations in the United States. states, including those at the state level.
“It’s the kind of stuff our opponents like to play with,” he said.
Warner said the state discovered in late March that someone had broken into the system. IT experts thought they had cleared the system of malware planted by attackers, but this fall saw proof that they were wrong.
“They thought they had taken out the bad guys,” he said, but “the bad guys were still in the system.”
Warner said the Legislature’s IT agency was “well, well on its way” to sanitizing compromised computer systems.