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Payments to the Indianapolis Housing Authority are disrupted due to ransomware

Following an early October ransomware assault on the Indianapolis Housing Authority, Section 8 landlords report not being paid and concern whether their personal data was exposed.

The ransomware assault that apparently hit the Indianapolis Housing Authority (IHA) earlier this month has caused rent payments to landlords via the Housing Choice Voucher Program to be suspended.

The event had a direct influence on inhabitants’ everyday life, affecting an agency tasked with assisting disadvantaged individuals in meeting a basic requirement. The Housing Authority assists elderly, individuals with disabilities, and low-income families who are unable to pay their rent by subsidizing a portion of their rent via the Housing Choice Voucher Program, often known as Section 8. According to the agency’s website, the program straight pays landlords 60% to 70% of qualified renters’ rent checks.

However, according to a local news station, IHA was targeted by a ransomware assault earlier this month, and another local station discovered numerous landlords still waiting for this month’s rent. Some people were also concerned that the hack had compromised personal data.

Despite the payment stoppage, renters are not in danger of eviction, according to the IHA.

IHA allegedly released a statement on October 13 stating that it was investigating and responding to the event.

“We have been working closely with our own IT teams and outside IT consultants, as well as forensics specialists, to address this issue.”  IHA has also enlisted police officers, who are seeking to identify people responsible.”

IHA also stated that it was collaborating with its banks and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to guarantee that payments were made to landlords and vendors.

However, as of Oct. 23, WTHR reported that many property owners were still expecting for their checks and had not been informed whether their private details had been compromised.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has stated that he is attempting to make the city better cyber secure and has recommended IHA to strengthen its defenses. “When we initially learned about the incident, we called IHA and ensured that they were going to ramp up and expanding up the technological competence that they needed to secure the data that may have been compromised,” Hogsett said.

“In the spirit of full transparency,” he continued, “we made certain that the city of Indianapolis was adequately firewalled, so that our data would not be accessed as a consequence of an incident.”