New York City’s email system hit by DoS attack – agencies resort to temporary Gmail accounts

New York City suffered a denial-of-service attack last Wednesday that knocked out the city government’s email system.

Some city agencies, including the Department of Transportation, apparently resorted to using temporary Gmail accounts to communicate.

According to the New York Post, “The Mayor’s Office, City Council and Comptroller’s Office all were unable to send or receive messages outside of their offices, but could e-communicate with each other within each respective office.”

Issues were still being reported Monday according to a City Hall source.

Jackie Albano, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Technology and Telecommunications, said that the attack was resolved last week but that efforts to mitigate the attack may have slowed the email servers.

Downplaying the incident, and likening it to “a lot of mosquitoes buzzing around you”, Albano insisted that no personal information had been lost as a result of the attack. “The nature of the attack is only designed to interfere with service, not to steal or access any private information. It’s designed to slow down email. On the scale of cyber incidences it’s kind of low.”

The FBI, NYPD, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MSISAC) are investigating.