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Attorney General Kwame Raoul working with feds to investigate office’s ‘compromised’ computer network

The state’s top law enforcement officer first learned that the computer network was breached early Saturday, Raoul said in a statement. It was not immediately known the extent to which the office’s network was compromised.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul in February
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul speaks as Gov. J.B. Pritzker prepares to sign a sweeping criminal justice reform bill in February.
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said Tuesday his staff will work with federal authorities to investigate a breach in his office’s network that officials discovered over the weekend.

The state’s top law enforcement officer first learned that the computer network was breached early Saturday, Raoul said in a statement. It was not immediately known the extent to which the office’s network was compromised.

“Since then, information technology staff and investigators from the Attorney General’s office have been working closely with federal law enforcement authorities to evaluate the extent to which the network was compromised,” the statement continued.

“This investigation is ongoing, and I am committed to resolving this situation as soon as possible to ensure that the Attorney General’s office can continue to provide critical services to the people of Illinois.”

A spokeswoman for the office did not return repeated requests for comment.

A spokeswoman for the FBI said that, while the bureau is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks, intrusions, and similar crimes, “Department of Justice policy prevents the FBI from commenting on the existence or nonexistence of any individual investigation that may be occurring. There is no further information at this time.”