News and Updates on Information Technology

United States – Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Exploit: Malware

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services: Regional Human Services Agency

cybersecurity news represented by agauge showing severe risk

Risk to Business: 1.833= Severe

The Alaska health department’s website was taken offline Monday evening and will be unavailable to the public for an indeterminate amount of time as IT teams work to investigate and recover from a malware attack. COVID-19 immunization and most data dashboards are maintained by an outside contractor and are still operational. The department’s main website, background check system, the state of Alaska’s vital records system, Alaska’s behavioral health and substance abuse management system and the state’s system for schools to report vaccine data to public health have all been impacted.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was confirmed as compromised in this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Malware that takes important systems offline can seriously impact an organization’s operations, costing a fortune in remediation, investigation and recovery. Government targets have been especially appealing to cybercriminals due to their notoriously weak security.