Cyber attack disrupts training for thousands of Oregon state employees

Oregon's Department of Administrative Services building. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Thousands of state employees across dozens of Oregon agencies are awaiting the reinstatement of Oregon’s online training system after a Christmas Day cyber attack forced the state Department of Administrative Services to pull down the website.

An unknown hacker was caught Christmas Day trying to exploit a previously unknown vulnerability in the state website, state officials said. The attempted breach of iLearnOregon was detected by the state’s cyber security systems and blunted.

No information was compromised, but the training site was shut down until the state and the program vendor — Meridian Knowledge Solutions — can fix the vulnerability and ensure its security.

DAS Communications Director Elizabeth Craig said the agency expects to have the website back in operation next week. 

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