** Following is a letter released by the Arabian Horse Association to its members. **
The Arabian Horse Association is committed to our member services including our website and DataSource. We have endured a ransomware attack and our business technology staff have been extremely determined in our resolution of this disruption.
The Purebred Arabian Trust has been notified of this ransomware attack.
AHA continues to experience computer system issues due to the ransomware attack discovered early last Saturday morning. In the spirit of an overabundance of caution, we are taking each step carefully to verify that no PII (Personally Identifiable Information) data has been compromised. At this point, we are confident that our backup systems have prevailed, and that all sensitive data has been and continues to be protected.
Jim Lawless, our Director of Technology, and his staff will be re-configuring all the file shares, validating our systems, and bringing them back up one at a time. The AHA website, Oracle, HRS, and Multiview are the highest priorities. In addition, staff computers will be cleaned and restored. As a precaution, until we finish evaluating and restoring our systems, we have intentionally disabled our website and certain operations. Notably, while the attack was extensive it did not reach our backups and we expect a full recovery.
Early indications show our data was not breached by the encryption attack. However, we continue to evaluate the possibility through various tools and programs. No credit card data is stored in AHA systems.
We believe that all data and systems are sound, and we are moving forward cautiously to restore all of our online member functions as quickly as possible. Emails may be sporadic today and possibly into tomorrow as those systems are cleaned and staff computers are restored. All of our online member functions will be restored as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.