Cyberattack Incident Reports (Department of Agriculture)

Joseph Cox filed this request with the U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary of the United States of America.
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2017-OCIO-01316-F

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From: Joseph Cox

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

- All incident reports about, concerning, or related to cyber attacks on the agency from January 1st 2010 to the date of this request.

In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am journalist writing for Motherboard, VICE's technology and science site, and that this request is being made as part of news gathering.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joseph Cox

From: USDAFOIA - OCIO

Good Afternoon, Mr. Cox:

This letter acknowledges receipt of your below Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department FOIA Office (DFO). Your request was received in this office on December 28, 2016.

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From: Barnes, Marqui - OCIO

Good Evening, Mr. Cox:

Thank you for your e-mail! We are still conducting a search for records responsive to your request. If records are located, they will be reviewed for release to you.

I sincerely apologize for the delay, and appreciate your patience while we proceed with your request.

Kind regards,

Marqui

(Ms.) Marqui Q. Barnes, CIPP/G
Department FOIA Team Lead
Department FOIA Office
USDA/OCIO/PE&F
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From: Barnes, Marqui - OCIO

Good Afternoon, Mr. Cox:

Please provide additional information regarding your definition of “cyber-attack.” Specifically, what information/records are you looking for?

We would appreciate a response at your earliest convenience.

Thank you,

Marqui

(Ms.) Marqui Q. Barnes, CIPP/G
Department FOIA Team Lead
Department FOIA Office
Policy, E-Government, and Fair Information Practices (PE&F)
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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From: Joseph Cox

Hey,

A cyber attack could be a phishing attempt, malicious software, an email account being compromised, etc. Many government department keep records (typically in .csv files) that show for each incident: the type (malicious software, phishing, etc), the date, and whether the issue was resolved.

Does the Department of Agriculture maintain records like or similar to these?

Thank you,

From: Barnes, Marqui - OCIO

Mr. Cox:

Thank you so much for your prompt response. We are conducting a search for responsive records. I will be in touch with you very soon.

Best,

Marqui

(Ms.) Marqui Q. Barnes, CIPP/G
Department FOIA Team Lead
Department FOIA Office
USDA/OCIO/PE&F
(202) 694-1802 (desk)
marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov>

From: Barnes, Marqui - OCIO

Good Morning, Mr. Cox:

We are still processing your request however, I do expect to have a response out to you soon.

Thank you,

Marqui

(Ms.) Marqui Q. Barnes, CIPP/G
Department FOIA Team Lead
Department FOIA Office
USDA/OCIO/PE&F
(202) 694-1802 (desk)
marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov>

From: Department of Agriculture

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Joseph Cox

Hey,

Thank you for the response. Please could you provide the requested records (the spreadsheet of reports) in a computer readable format, such as .csv or .xls?

Any help appreciated, thank you,

Joseph

From: Barnes, Marqui - OCIO

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From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

DearJoseph Cox, Iam emailing to update you on the status of the above-mentioned Freedom ofInformation Act (FOIA) request.Please note that APHIS processes requests by date of receipt (on a first in, first out basis). Your request is in my complex track and is number Theoffice responsible for records related to your request has forwarded tothe FOIA office copies of any responsive documents.  Your request is nowin the queue for processing, and I will provide you with a releasedetermination as quickly as possible. 19 of 26 in line for review. I will contact you again when I have more definitive information about your request. Ifyou need additional assistance or have questions about your request in themeantime, please feel free to contact me directly at sophana.n.lau_lopez@usda.gov or301-851-4083. Sincerely,
SOPHIE LAU-LOPEZ | GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SPECIALIST ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE APHIS-LPA-FOIA OFFICE UNIT 50 4700 RIVERDALE ROAD | RIVERDALE, MD 20737 Sophana.n.lau_lopez@usda.gov ? 301-851-4083

From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

Hello, I think this is your FOIA request. Please reply to this requester below.

Thanks!

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From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

Good morning,

We responded to your request on February 13, 2017.
-Office of Information Affairs

From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

DearJoseph Cox, I am emailing to update you on the status of the above-mentioned Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  The office responsible for records related to your request has forwarded to the FOIA office copies of any responsive documents.  Your request is now in the queue for processing, and I will provide you with a release determination as quickly as possible.  Please note that APHIS processes requests by date of receipt (on a first in, first out basis). Your request is in my complex track and is number 14 of 23 in line for review. I will contact you again when I have more definitive information about your request.
If you need additional assistance or have questions about your request in the meantime, please feel free to contact me directly at sophana.n.lau_lopez@usda.gov or 301-851-4083.
Sincerely, Sophana Lau-Lopez

From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

Dear Joseph Cox, I am emailing to update you on the processing of theabove-mentioned Freedom of Information Act request. The program offices within APHIS forwarded to the Freedom ofInformation office copies of documents that are responsive to your request, andthose documents are now in the queue for processing. Please note that APHIS processes requests by date of receipt (on a first in, first out basis). Your request is in my complex track and is number 13 of 22 in line for review. I am working as quickly as possible to provide you with a release determination. I anticipate that I will be able to provide a first partial of records to you by or before August 30, 2022. If you need assistance or have questions in the meantime,please feel free to contact me directly at sophana.n.lau_lopez@usda.gov or301-851-4083. Sincerely, Sophana Lau-Lopez

From: U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary

I sent a first partial to you on 8/25/22 (see attached file). A final partial is in my supervisor’s in-box now.

Thanks for your patience!

Sophie

  • Response to your FOIA request # 2022-APHIS-03266-F. (First partial of records)

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