The website of the Alaska health department was forced offline this week by a malware attack. Local authorities launched an investigation into the attack, at the time of this writing, they did not provide details about the intrusion. It is not clear how hackers breached the network Alaska health department and how they planted the malicious code. Experts speculate the involvement of a ransomware family in the attack, investigators are working to determine if any personal or confidential information was compromised.
“The health department in a statement late Tuesday said its website was taken offline Monday while an investigation takes place.” reported the Associated Press. “The statement did not say when the cyberattack was discovered, and Clinton Bennett, a department spokesperson, by email Wednesday said the department could not release that information “due to security reasons, and so we do not jeopardize the investigation.”