Ransomware Poses Tough Choices For State, Local Gov'ts

By Korey Clark (September 6, 2019, 3:22 PM EDT) -- This year, more than 70 state and local governments have been targeted by hackers that have locked up their computer systems and demanded ransoms to release them. A majority of states have taken legislative action in recent years to protect data held by government agencies. But the current ransomware outbreak could spur state lawmakers to do more.

State and local governments have been dealing with ransomware attacks since at least 2013, according to analysis by the cyber threat intelligence company Recorded Future. That analysis also uncovered 46 ransomware attacks against government entities in 2016, 38 incidents in 2017 — a dip...

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