State email system victim of apparent hack, Alabama House speaker says (UPDATED)

Erin Edgemon has this report on a developing story:

The state email system has apparently been hacked, Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard said today.

On the House floor, Hubbard told lawmakers not to open any email attachments for the time being.

It’s unclear at this point the extent of the supposed hack.


Update: Erin Edgemon has this update:

An apparent breach of the state Legislature’s email server was contained within 30 minutes of discovery, according to reports.

Secretary of the Senate Pat Harris told the Montgomery Advertiser the virus originated from a server in India. The server was shut down and the virus contained.

It doesn’t appear that any other state agencies were affected, and it doesn’t appear that attachments containing the virus were opened.

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