News regarding a recent cyber attack called “Thanksgiving Hack” was posted in a city in North Carolina. The government has warned the employees that hackers accessed the system data during a pre-Thanksgiving holiday.
The incident took place in the city of Hendersonville. It’s a town with more than 15000 people, located near the Blue Ridge Mountains. The town has released a notice stating that hackers have targeted internal software to manage all employee information. The software name remains a mystery as the town has not yet disclosed it.
The city manager, John Conned, updated on Wednesday (30th Nov 2023) that joint team action has been started with the Cybersecurity Task Force, Federal Law Enforcement, and state and local authorities. Third-party security professionals are also included in this activity.
As per the current update, the data of the employees hired before 1st Jan 2021 was accessed by unauthorized parties by compromising the system. The city manager, John connet added that those employees will be contacted once the activity is finished.
This is the latest incident before the year’s end, affecting the town of Hendersonville, North Carolina, government institute after it took action to ban ransomware gang payments. It has become the first nation to do it.
The state of North Carolina has prescribed a playbook for government organizations. This playbook can be followed when ransomware attack events occur. The gang of hackers repeatedly targeted the state and local government entities last year after banning ransomware payments.
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