Jun 8, 2021 - Technology

Key tech vendor for Congress latest victim of ransomware attack

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iConstituent, a tech vendor that provides constituent outreach services to many House offices, is the latest major target of a ransomware attack, Punchbowl News reports.

Why it matters: For several weeks, nearly 60 House offices have been unable to receive constituent information as a result of the attack, according to Punchbowl.

  • Currently, there is no indication that broader House IT systems have been compromised, the chief administrative officer of the House said in a statement confirming the attack.

Between the lines: iConstituent offers a "Constituent Engagement Platform," which allows users to "easily connect with constituents, collaborate on casework, and manage all internal and external communications.”

  • The vendor lists the states of Georgia, Hawaii, and Nevada, among others, as clients.
  • House offices have made more than 200 payments to iConstituent in the first quarter of 2021 totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Punchbowl.

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