Accounting firm confirms it's investigating possible malware incident

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - An accounting firm with offices in Vienna and Marietta says it might have been the victim of a cyberattack.

In a news release, Perry and Associates says company officials recently learned that malware might have been deployed on the company's computer network.

The company has notified clients whose information may have been accessed, and they are being offered complimentary credit-monitoring services and other tips on ways to protect their personal information.

"Accounting firms, especially this time of year, are often the targets of cybercriminals who attempt to hack into system,” the company says in its news release. “Perry is not alone in being targeted by these criminals.”

The release didn't say when the threat was discovered, but the company says it began investigating as soon as it learned about the possible threat.

The company says it has been working with the Internal Revenue Service, an independent firm specializing in computer forensics and other cybersecurity experts.

"Perry takes very seriously its obligation to protect the personal information in its possession, the statement says. “Perry continually evaluates and modifies its practices and internal controls to enhance the security and privacy of personal information."