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    More: News, Alaska, Alaska Permanent Fund, Computer security, security breach, Alaska's Department, sophisticated nation-state level attacker, Aleutian Islands, majority of the technical detail  
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2021-09-21 1:20:19 AM  
They could only do this because the internet tubes have thawed enough from global warming to let them in.
 
2021-09-21 1:22:05 AM  
Some horny hacker really wanted Sarah Palin's phone number?
 
2021-09-21 1:24:34 AM  
They're looking for the 5G tracking numbers for vaccinated Alaskans.
 
2021-09-21 1:31:08 AM  
Why Alaska?
/seriously why
 
2021-09-21 1:34:27 AM  

AllCatsAreBeautiful: Why Alaska?
/seriously why


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2021-09-21 1:36:40 AM  
"State of Alaska hacked, again. Picture unrelated"

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2021-09-21 2:03:32 AM  

AllCatsAreBeautiful: Why Alaska?
/seriously why


Not much else to do up here, really.  That and Alaska is notoriously behind the times in technology, security, infrastructure, and just generally being.  It's probably easier to screw up than other states..
 
2021-09-21 2:04:56 AM  
Someone just really, really wanted to make a bear pun
 
2021-09-21 2:08:32 AM  

AllCatsAreBeautiful: Why Alaska?
/seriously why


Alaska.  The US government's back door.
 
2021-09-21 2:57:43 AM  
No, not again. This is announcement involves the hack in May of this year, not  new attack, though we've been under constant threat. If you RTFA the TFA they are talking about you'll see that it's a summary of what happened and an announcement that vital records systems are back online.

And no, I can't talk about it in any more detail.
 
2021-09-21 2:58:53 AM  

Ed Grubermann: an announcement that vital records systems are back online.


God, I wish.
 
2021-09-21 3:14:48 AM  
Real Alaskans aren't registered with the government.
 
2021-09-21 3:44:57 AM  

Name_Omitted: Ed Grubermann: an announcement that vital records systems are back online.

God, I wish.


Well, most of them. I'm not privy to the details.
 
2021-09-21 3:55:12 AM  
They probably think they can defend their data with Bear Spray and a .44 magnum revolver...
 
2021-09-21 6:24:46 AM  

AllCatsAreBeautiful: Why Alaska?
/seriously why


One of the top-rated comments in the article claims:

As both an Alaskan, and a state government employee, I'll add some additional context not in the article.

Despite being a small state, Alaska is actually pretty heavily reliant on social programs because of the rural/subsistence sections of the state, and the high cost of living. That means records end up at Medicare/Medicaid which DHSS controls. These are folks that likely aren't monitoring their credit, and could be prime targets for identity theft. Additionally, because the PFD (mentioned above), is a central component of the state, it ends up EVERYWHERE and EVERYONE applies for it. For instance, we don't do jury duty based on registered voters; we pull potential jury pools based on PFD applications which get a higher percentage of our population.

Then there's the fact that Alaska has not had the best track record with IT to begin with. Our IT department is iffy at best, and given that the state budget has had issues for 7 years, including cuts to services each year for most of a decade, I can speculate that there's been some missed updates and upgrades in that time. Not to mention some talent has left for greener pastures rather than worry about their jobs going away each budget cycle.

Lastly, and moving into the realm of pure speculation, if this was a nation-state actor, who's the most likely suspects? China, North Korea, and Russia top my list. What state is geographically closest to all three, a major air corridor for the Great Circle, and contains both a Global Missile Defense and air interception functions from major military bases? Alaska.
 
2021-09-21 7:01:43 AM  
As someone who is currently dealing with State of Alaska over some unclaimed property, I'm not getting a kick.
 
2021-09-21 7:35:41 AM  
Okay, which of you Farkers titled that picture?
 
2021-09-21 9:07:26 AM  

Ed Grubermann: No, not again. This is announcement involves the hack in May of this year, not  new attack, though we've been under constant threat. If you RTFA the TFA they are talking about you'll see that it's a summary of what happened and an announcement that vital records systems are back online.

And no, I can't talk about it in any more detail.


My info got stolen in the Division of Elections hack last year so it's absolutely "again" for me.  I wonder if the free year of Equifax will stack with my current free year.
 
2021-09-21 9:09:25 AM  
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2021-09-21 9:40:52 AM  
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2021-09-21 10:25:43 AM  
That is a bear, but appears to be neither a Cosy Bear nor a Fancy Bear.
 
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