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8/5/2019
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8 Head-Turning Ransomware Attacks to Hit City Governments

Hackers know vulnerable systems when they see them, and they also know this: Many government systems are decades old, running Windows 7 and even Windows XP.
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2. Riviera Beach, Florida

This small town north of West Palm Beach stunned the cyberworld this past spring when it paid in excess of $600,000 to restore the municipalitys systems from a ransomware campaign. The attack, which began on May 29 when a police department employee opened a malicious email attachment, ultimately disabled all of the city's online systems, including email, a water utility pumping station, some phones, and the ability to accept utility payments online or by credit card. In addition to the ransom payment, Riviera Beach moved the purchase of $900,000 in new computer hardware forward a year to replace infected systems.

Dark Reading reported the news on June 20.

Image Source: Adobe Stock: Ruth P. Peterkin

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