Scranton, PA (24 Oct 2018 08:32:03)A Pennsylvania internet provider has been charged with theft of internet service and a wire fraud scheme.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office announced Monday (October 24) that a Comcast internet service in Scrantons West Philadelphia neighborhood was hacked in September and a security breach at Comcast’s Philadelphia headquarters in August.
The Pennsylvania AG’s Office alleges that the Comcast’s Philadelphia offices were targeted by a cyber-attack that took down their servers and installed a backdoor into the company’s network that allowed a hacker to remotely access Comcast’s servers.
The cyber-assault targeted Comcast’s offices in Philadelphia and New York City, where Comcast employees work in a different location than their corporate headquarters in scranton.
In addition to the cyber-attacks, the AG’s office says the attackers also targeted Comcast-owned websites in other states including Washington, Massachusetts, Iowa, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Montana and West Virginia.
The AG’s offices said the cyber attacks were part of a larger cyber-criminal enterprise that targeted Comcast and other large US companies and government agencies in September.
Comcast did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A Comcast spokesperson told News24 in a statement: “Comcast is aware of the AG’s announcement and is cooperating fully with the investigation.
We have also made efforts to provide additional security for our network as required by law.”