New York City Public Advocate Downplay Massive Data Leak

Last week known hacker LulzOps hacked and leaked a huge amount of personal information onto filebeam, the information which has come to light contained personal storys and accounts of life issues etc and is really the type of information that you do not want the public to see. Any ways moving on the New York City Public Advocate has since released a statement which we found thanks to a very good insight by databreaches.net. DataBreaches have pointed out how they down played the attacked and even said it only "may of been accessed" when it clearly was and we seen it with our own eyes, but same as databreaches.net we decline to comment on the exact data. Now this is the exact type of stuff we always see from governments, they just do not care about your data and its security, as long as they are fine and making lots of money then its just not a worry. Any ways here is the statement from the New York City Public Advocate

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PAST FORM SUBMISSIONS TO THE PUBLIC ADVOCATE’S WEBSITE

During the Christmas holiday weekend, the New York City Public Advocate’s website was the target of a sophisticated cyber-attack. Email correspondence and our internal contact management system were not accessed or exposed in any way. Information that website users submitted through forms on the website may have been accessed. Most of these submissions only include basic information such as a name and email address and no other personal information. The Public Advocate's Office has contacted all people whose information may have been compromised during the attack and advised these individuals to notify us if they receive any suspicious communications such as SPAM or unsolicited emails asking for personal information with reference to the Public Advocate's Office. Additionally, anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Public Advocate's Office at 212-669-7250. We take the security of your information as the highest priority, and our office employs a website management system and protocols that emphasize security and privacy protection. We are currently working with various law enforcement agencies to further investigate the matter and we will assist the investigation in any way we can. ### ***Additional Q&A:***

What information was accessed by the hackers? Following the security breach, the hackers accessed the raw data that powers the Public Advocate’s website. This includes webpage content, including embedded user comments and information submitted through forms on the website. Most of these user comments and submissions only include basic information such as a name and email address and no other personal information. The underlying website server was not breached during the attack. In addition, email correspondence and our internal contact management system were not accessed or exposed in any way. What steps have been taken in response to the website security breach? Upon learning of the website security breach, the Public Advocate’s Office notified law enforcement, moved to quickly reinforce security measures, and took the steps necessary to ensure that no stolen data was in the public domain. Additionally, the Public Advocate’s Office has contacted all individuals whose information may have been compromised and anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Public Advocate's Office at 212-669-7250. Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns about information I submitted through the Public Advocate's website? You can contact the Public Advocate’s Office by calling 212-669-7250. What steps can I take to protect myself online? Individuals who believe their information may have been compromised during this security breach are advised to not open any unsolicited emails and notify the Public Advocate’s Office of any suspicious activity, such as SPAM or unsolicited emails asking for personal information with reference to the Public Advocate's Office. To learn more about email scams and how to protect yourself online, please visit https://onguardonline.gov for helpful information.

Sources: databreaches.net - pubadvocate.nyc.gov

Lee Johnstone

Lee Johnstone

Information Security Data Analyst, Investigative Journalist, Technology Lover, Mechanic.

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