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Date: Fri, 3 May 2019 07:26:51 +0000 (UTC)
From: InfoSec News <alerts@...osecnews.org>
To: isn@...ts.infosecnews.org
Subject: [Newsletter/Marketing] [ISN] Why local governments are a hot
 target for cyberattacks

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3391589/why-local-governments-are-a-hot-target-for-cyberattacks.html

By Cynthia Brumfield
CSO
May 01, 2019

Over the course of the past few weeks, a seemingly stepped-up wave of malware 
and ransomware infections has struck a number of municipalities across the U.S.

* On April 10, the city of Greenville, North Carolina, had to disconnect
   most city-owned computers from the Internet due to what officials said
   was a RobinHood ransomware infection, a duplicitous piece of malware
   that pretends to raise awareness and funds for the people of Yemen.

* On April 13, Imperial County, California was hit with Ryuk ransomware,
   which is designed to target enterprise environments, forcing its website
   to go dark and causing some city systems to malfunction, including a
   number of departments’ phone lines.

* On the same day Imperial County was infected, the city of Stuart,
   Florida, was hit by Ryuk ransomware, forcing system shut-downs affecting
   payroll, utilities and other vital functions, including police and fire
   departments.

* On April 18, an unspecified piece of malware, likely ransomware,
   crippled the city’s computer network in Augusta, Maine.

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