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Cyberattack disrupts state legislature’s computer systems amid budget talks

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The state Legislature’s computer system, essential for printing legislation, was compromised by an apparent cyberattack early Wednesday, officials reported. The incident disrupted the digital tools lawmakers rely on, forcing a temporary shift to older technologies to continue legislative work.


Governor Hochul stated that the source of the cyberattack is under investigation, and it remains unclear whether it was politically motivated. The cyber incident comes at a critical time as the Legislature is in the process of finalizing a $237 billion state budget, with most budget bills still pending approval.

State Senate spokesperson Mike Murphy and State Assembly spokesperson Mike Whyland both indicated that while the system was down since early morning, efforts were underway to correct the issue promptly. They assured that the legislative process would not be significantly delayed by the outage.