Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Ars Technica)   State of Alaska hacked, again. Picture unrelated   (arstechnica.com) divider line
    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  
•       •       •

4840 clicks; posted to Main » and Politics » on 21 Sep 2021 at 1:17 AM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

 
2021-09-21 2:57:43 AM  
5 votes:
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 1:31:08 AM  
4 votes:
Why Alaska?
/seriously why
 
2021-09-21 6:24:46 AM  
4 votes:

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 2:03:32 AM  
3 votes:

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 1:20:19 AM  
2 votes:
They could only do this because the internet tubes have thawed enough from global warming to let them in.
 
2021-09-21 2:04:56 AM  
2 votes:
Someone just really, really wanted to make a bear pun
 
2021-09-21 3:14:48 AM  
2 votes:
Real Alaskans aren't registered with the government.
 
2021-09-21 2:08:32 AM  
1 vote:

AllCatsAreBeautiful: Why Alaska?
/seriously why


Alaska.  The US government's back door.
 
2021-09-21 2:58:53 AM  
1 vote:

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


God, I wish.
 
2021-09-21 7:01:43 AM  
1 vote:
As someone who is currently dealing with State of Alaska over some unclaimed property, I'm not getting a kick.
 
2021-09-21 9:07:26 AM  
1 vote:

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.
 
Displayed 11 of 11 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking




On Twitter


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.