12 Jun 2019

A computer virus has thrown Philadelphia’s court system into chaos

Philadelphia’s online court system has been down since May 21st as the result of a malware infection on “a limited number” of computers. Upon detecting the infection, authorities shut down the entire network to prevent further damage. The incident has fundamentally disrupted the court system. The courts have hired a

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27 May 2019

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc

The ransomware attack on the City of Baltimore that has rendered the city’s email system and various other systems unavailable since May 7 involved the use of EternalBlue, a hacking tool developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) that was leaked about two years ago by the Shadow Brokers, a

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23 May 2019

Baltimore Email, Other Systems Still Offline from May 7 Ransomware Attack

More than two weeks after the City of Baltimore, Maryland suffered a ransomware attack, the city’s email system and various other systems have still not been restored. The City was targeted by a ransomware strain dubbed Robbinhood. The threat actors behind the file-encrypting malware demanded a ransom of 13 Bitcoin

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16 May 2019

Baltimore Ransomware Siege Enters Second Week of Bitcoin Extortion Attack

The City of Baltimore, Maryland still has not recovered from the ransomware infection that prompted it to shut down most of its servers on May 7. While the city’s most essential services such as emergency services remain operational, many other systems are down. The City was targeted by a ransomware

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08 May 2019

Local Authorities in Texas and Maryland Hit by Ransomware

In separate incidents, two local governments in the US were hit by ransomware in recent weeks. On April 22, Potter County, Texas experienced a ransomware attack shut down its entire network, forcing employees to perform their tasks using pencil and paper. While the effects of the infection only became noticeable

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24 Apr 2019

City of Stuart Still Recovering from Ryuk Ransomware Attack

Once again a local US government has suffered a cyberattack involving the notorious Ryuk ransomware. The City of Stuart, Florida was hit on April 13 when Ryuk infected its computers and servers, probably after a city employee fell for a phishing email. While Stuart has managed to restore various services

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10 Apr 2019

Lawmakers Want to Fund Cyber Upgrades for State and Local Governments

US lawmakers on Monday introduced the Cyber Resiliency Act, a bipartisan bill for the establishment of a federal program that would fund cybersecurity upgrades for state and local governments that do not have sufficient resources to improve their cybersecurity posture. Cosponsor Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., believes that the growing cyberthreat

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08 Apr 2019

Genesee County, Michigan Recovering from Ransomware Attack

Once again, a local government in the US has suffered a ransomware attack. Last Tuesday, Michigan’s Genesee County was hit, forcing the county to shut down their computer systems. Since officials were also no longer able to user their email, the county could only be reached by phone. While the

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02 Apr 2019

New York Albany Capital Hit by Ransomware Attack

Once again, a local US government has been at the receiving end of a ransomware attack. The City of Albany, the State of New York’s capital, was targeted on March 30. While little is known about the exact impact of the attack on the City’s systems or the type of

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11 Mar 2019

Georgia county pays a whopping $400,000 to get rid of a ransomware infection

After the internal network of Jackson County, Georgia was infected with ransomware on March 1, the county paid the threat actors a ransom of $400,000 to receive a decryption key. When the ransomware attack locked county personnel out of their systems, causing all of them to go down except for

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