By Christopher Hutton | Washington Examiner
State agencies in Maine fell victim to a cyberattack and lost nearly all of the state population’s data to hackers.
The state government reported on Thursday that 1.3 million individuals had their data stolen by ransomware hackers, meaning people who install software locking up a user’s data and requiring a ransom to free it.
State agencies were affected by the global cybersecurity incident involving MOVEit, a file transfer tool whose servers were breached by cybercriminals and used to steal data from thousands of organizations. State authorities learned of MOVEit’s vulnerability on May 31 and determined that criminals could use it to access and download files from various state agencies on May 28 and 29. Officials wrapped up their investigation and are now informing residents of the data threat.
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