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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: As if to show that fears of state government sites going down are real

Updating this ILB entry from March 22, 2012, which quoted from the Washington Post:

The Economic Development Administration, a small job-development agency in the Commerce Department that gives out grants to low-income communities, is in its eighth week of a cyber-blackout.

Commerce officials say they still haven’t determined what is behind the virus that has affected all of EDA’s computers since mid-January, prompting the government to take the network off-line.

Today Eugene Volokh quotes from the June 26, 2013 Inspector General’s report on the Economic Development Administration’s reaction to the infections:
In the end, nothing identified on EDA’s components posed a significant risk to EDA’s operations.

However, EDA’s CIO concluded that the risk, or potential risk, of extremely persistent malware and nation-state activity (which did not exist) was great enough to necessitate the physical destruction of all of EDA’s IT components. EDA’s management agreed with this risk assessment and EDA initially destroyed more than $170,000 worth of its IT components, including desktops, printers, TVs, cameras, computer mice, and keyboards. By August 1, 2012, EDA had exhausted funds for this effort and therefore halted the destruction of its remaining IT components, valued at over $3 million. EDA intended to resume this activity once funds were available. However, the destruction of IT components was clearly unnecessary because only common malware was present on EDA’s IT systems.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 9, 2013 12:35 PM
Posted to Indiana Government