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Malware May Be Behind New York State Bill System Crash

The incident early Wednesday will require the state to use “antiquated” computers to draft its budget, Gov. Kathy Hochul said. The bill drafting system remained partly down Wednesday afternoon.

The New York state capitol is reflected in water, in Albany, New York
(TNS) — The New York State bill drafting system crashed early Wednesday after a possible malware attack, according to officials, but it was not clear if the development would further delay the two-week-late budget.

Gov. Hochul told WNYC that the cyber failure was requiring the state to proceed with its budget drafting process on “antiquated” 30-year-old computers. She suggested the state would probe the incident.

“No one will do it better than we do,” the governor said.

There was no immediate indication who or what might have been responsible for the apparent cyber attack.

Spokesmen for the Democratic majorities in the state Senate and Assembly said they did not expect the tech issue to delay the overall budget, which was due April 1 but has been held up by differences over housing, education and other tricky topics.

After Hochul was briefed on the incident affecting the New York Legislative Bill Drafting Commission, she “immediately deployed state cybersecurity officials to assist the Legislature,” her spokesman Avi Small said in a statement.

Lawmakers continued to hold talks on the budget on Wednesday. A triumphant Hochul outlined a draft budget deal on Monday, but top lawmakers said Tuesday that key elements of the agreement had not been finalized.

Early Wednesday afternoon, the bill drafting system remained partially down, said Mike Murphy, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

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