Virginia museum shuts down website due to computer breach

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A computer system security breach detected late last month prompted the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to shut down its website for a state investigation, the museum said this week.

There is no evidence that the breach is related to the ransomware attack on the computer systems of legislative agencies in Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Virginia State Police are investigating a ransomware attack on state legislative agencies discovered Sunday night.

There is also no evidence that personal or financial information has been accessed or compromised, spokeswoman Jan Hatchette said. The museum said it hopes to restore the website by the end of the week.


The museum, an independent state agency, said the Virginia Information Technologies Agency detected a compromise on the website in late November, as well as “evidence indicating an existing security threat from an unauthorized third party.”

Hatchette said the museum took the website offline while the breach was investigated, contained and website functionality restored. A temporary website has been set up “until the restoration is complete,” she said.


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