West Virginia Parkways Authority hit by cyber-attack

West Virginia Parkways Authority hit by cyber-attack
Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 12:29 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The West Virginia Parkways Authority was the victim of a cyber-attack Friday morning, according to Jeff Miller, executive director of the West Virginia Parkways Authority.

The following statement was issued Friday afternoon by Miller:

“The cyber attack only affected internal computer systems which handle email, telephones, and various non-critical applications. There is no indication customer data was breached. All toll lanes are operable, and all E-ZPass accounts are functioning. The Parkways Authority contracts with a third party technology company, which handles all payment processing and E-ZPass accounts for toll collection. Their system is separate from the West Virginia Parkways Authority and is unaffected by the cyber attack.”

”We have contained the incident and are in the process of conducting a thorough investigation with the assistance of state and federal cybersecurity experts.”

WSAZ spoke with Joshua Spence, West Virginia’s Chief Information Officer, to ask if the state is heightening security after this attack.

He said the West Virginia Parkways Authority is a sperate system from any other agency in the state, so this does not create a weakness in other state agencies.

Spence also told us this hack is not affecting the operational side of the agency, so no road signs could be hacked putting up random messages.

Spence said the state works with federal partners to share information and details of this hack so other agencies can better protect themselves from similar cyber-attacks.

He said on any given day, state agencies experience up to 1,000 attempts to hack their systems, which is why they monitor security all the time and make sure they have multiple layers of defense within their technology.

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