On September 23, the Lake George Land Conservancy learned of a breach of our internal information technology server. We immediately took steps to address the breach, secure our data, and determine the extent of organizational data that may have been compromised.
To date, we know the following about this breach. We suffered a “ransomware” attack on our server, with our files being encrypted and a “ransom” being demanded to unlock them. Several computers and the server were infected. The data from these files were backed up; therefore, we were able to delete the infected files, “clean” the servers and computers, and re-load the data.
We are continuing to monitor and assess the situation and working closely with our IT consultant to address the incident. Sensitive donor financial information is kept in a secure, cloud-based server that was not affected by this breach. Nevertheless, we are working to ensure that no sensitive information was on our internal server that was breached, and if any was there, exactly what information was affected and what steps are needed to remediate the issue.
Unfortunately, cyber-attacks have become common practice. The LGLC values your privacy and your trust in us, and we are working hard to make sure that your data and information is safe with us. We will have more information about this situation on a dedicated webpage and keep you updated as we continue to address this unfortunate incident.