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Police union says officers had bank accounts drained after City of Albany ransomware attack

Emily De Vito
Updated: April 05, 2019 11:16 PM
Created: April 05, 2019 10:38 PM

ALBANY – It’s been nearly a week since Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said the city computer system had been infected with ransomware.

She said no personal information was stolen. However, according to some city employees and retirees that may not be accurate.

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Albany Police Union Vice President Officer Gregory McGee said he’s been notified from officers that there has been some fraudulent activity on their bank accounts less than a week after this cyber attack.

“They’re noticing some substantial withdrawals are occurring,” said McGee.

McGee said some officers have had their entire bank accounts drained.

“It's awfully coincidental, I do know that there are other city employees that are also noticing fraudulent activity as well,” said McGee.

The mayor’s office told NewsChannel 13 Friday that they had been made aware of only one employee that was victimized by a phishing scam. They said there is zero evidence that any data was taken.

However, McGee said some of his officers would like more assurance.

“It is a little confusing,” said McGee. “A lot of guys are saying, hey we need absolute assurance that our identities weren't stolen or compromised.”

McGee said he was unaware if any of the officers filed police reports, but he said they did notify command staff.

The mayor’s office released the following statement regarding the claims:

“City officials have been made aware of one employee that was victimized by a phishing scam. Our payroll department has not received any other reports of bank accounts being compromised.  While the forensic review of last week’s cyber-attack continues, there remains zero evidence that any data was taken. We have encouraged our employees to be on heightened alert to any requests to access their account numbers or other personal information. Additionally, the City is offering identity theft protection to employees and their dependents out of an abundance of caution.”


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