The voter communication platform iConstituent was attacked by ransomware. Nearly 60 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are using the platform and have been unable to retrieve voter information for weeks;
For U.S. lawmakers and politicians, the ransomware threat has never been closer.
On June 8, iConstituent, a communication platform that facilitates communication between politicians and local residents, has recently been threatened by ransomware attacks.
iConstituent officials did not respond to the message. But reports say U.S. House of Representatives Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor said lawmakers did receive news of a ransomware attack on iConstituent’s communications system. But the attackers did not obtain or access any data from the House of Representatives, and the networks used by the House of Representatives were not affected.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives can procure access to the system, which is used by nearly 60 lawmakers and has been unable to retrieve voter information for weeks. iConstituent provides a unified platform where MPs can easily connect with constituents, socially collaborate, and manage all internal and external communications.
iConstituent is working with Catherine Szpindor to address this issue, but it has not yet been resolved.
This suggests that the ransomware that plagues the executive branch of the U.S. government and private industry is also a problem for Congress.
John Shier, senior consultant at British security firm Sophos, sees the attack as yet another example of ransomware attackers exploiting the supply chain to take on big targets.
Shier said, “No matter what kind of organization, there must be some kind of supply chain. As a link, you may be responsible for providing services to other parties, or you may be subordinate to a larger service or product. supply organization.”
The iConstituent platform is also widely used by governments in cities such as Nevada, Georgia, Hawaii, and Los Angeles. The New York State Legislature also has a formal service contract with the company.
Just before this round of attacks, the largest meat processor and largest oil and gas supplier in the United States had just suffered a devastating blow, and the White House and law enforcement agencies at all levels had also decided to introduce stronger ransomware restraint policies.