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Albany Ransomware Attack: Bank Accounts Hit


As the city of Albany continues to recover from last weekend's "ransomware attack," more damage may have been done than originally reported.
Although Mayor Kathy Sheehan told reporters last week no personal information about city workers or residents was at risk, Vice President of the Albany Police Officers Union Gregory McGee says attack did affect the APD.

McGee says the bank accounts of some employees have been compromised, with withdrawals made in Florida, Illinois and online.

"You know it's too much of a coincidence at this point to say with the city having a ransomware attack, with all the data that's stored at city hall and on our servers that personal information was also breached and these guys are now noticing that their accounts are being substantially drained."

McGee fears the banking data could have placed on the dark web. City officials remain tight-lipped for now.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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