FBDC: What could happen if someone downloads malware from the site?
BF: We are not able to determine what malware could have been uploaded to someone’s computer as a result of this – so we are encouraging everyone to use standard anti-virus software to remove any existing malware and to protect themselves from future malware.
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FBDC: How was it discovered?
BF: Engineers discovered code embedded in our website that was unauthorized.
FBDC: What has NJ done to address the matter?
BF: We hired an external IT security firm, and they believe that no evidence suggests that passwords or emails shared with National Journal were compromised. It’s what we are calling a front door attack, meaning the unauthorized individual did not enter through any back channels nor did they have access to our internal emails and network.
FBDC: What’s the current status of the situation?
BF: It was resolved very soon after we found it. The outside firm was used to determine the who/what – we are still working with them now, but there is no evidence of any existing issues with the site now.