Why Cities Are a Low-Hanging Fruit For Ransomware


Ransomware attacks against local governments and cities are repeatedly making headlines, with crippling results on city operations and budgets.

Last month, the Florida city of Riviera Beach paid hackers $600,000 after being hit by a ransomware attack that downed its computer systems for three weeks. In 2018, several Atlanta city systems were crippled after a ransomware attack extorted the municipality for $51,000. And The city of Baltimore is another recent victim of ransomware, which hit in May and halted some city services like water bills, permits and more, demanding a $76,000 ransom.

Why do cities appear to be a low hanging fruit when it comes to ransomware attacks? What hurdles do state and local governments face when securing their systems and responding to attacks?

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Source: ThreatPost