Cyberattack crashes New York state bill drafting system

A cyberattack has disrupted operations of the New York Legislative Bill Drafting Commission.
Kathy Hochul
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (Don Pollard / Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

The New York Legislative Bill Drafting Commission suffered a cyberattack on Wednesday, downing its bill drafting system, ABC News reported.

Composed of two commissioners, the office supports the state legislature in drafting legislation, such as conducting research and printing legislative documents for lawmakers at the state capitol in Albany.

Gov. Kathy Hochul deployed cybersecurity officials to investigate after being briefed on the incident, she told WNYC radio.

“We have to go back to the more antiquated system we had in place from 1994,” Hochul told WNYC. “You know this happened very, very early in the morning and so we’ve been on top of this.”


Hochul said she doesn’t expect the cyberattack to delay finalizing the state’s budget.

“Our understanding right now is that it will take a little bit longer to deal with the legislative side of it because a lot of data is included in the computers,” she said.

The governor said she didn’t know whether the attack was politically motivated and didn’t name the attacker.

State officials were not immediately available to provide additional information.

Sophia Fox-Sowell

Written by Sophia Fox-Sowell

Sophia Fox-Sowell reports on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and government regulation for StateScoop. She was previously a multimedia producer for CNET, where her coverage focused on private sector innovation in food production, climate change and space through podcasts and video content. She earned her bachelor’s in anthropology at Wagner College and master’s in media innovation from Northeastern University.

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