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12/26/2019
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Ransomware group puts shame in its game

The hacking group claiming credit for a ransomware attack earlier this month against the city of Pensacola, Florida, escalated its tactics earlier this week when it posted files belonging to the municipal government to a website on which the hackers say they are publishing data stolen from victims who refuse to meet their demands. On Monday, the so-called Maze Group published a two-gigabyte tranche of Pensacola city documents, with a threat of more to come. A city spokeswoman said officials have not confirmed if any personal information was compromised, but Pensacola has now offered free identity-protection services to roughly 60,000 residents and current and former employees. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Indiana finds a temporary CIO

The Indiana Office of Technology has been under the temporary leadership of its chief administrative officer, Robert Paglia, since the November resignation of CIO Dewand Neely. Paglia, who has served as a program manager, deputy CIO and administrative officer over the past 16 years, is now running the agency responsible for $700 million in information technology projects. Officials did not give a timeline for when Indiana will hire a new permanent CIO. Colin Wood reports.


Baltimore worker stole funds during cyberattack, city watchdog says

Baltimore's inspector general revealed on Friday that a city sanitation worker used a "manual workaround" developed during a ransomware attack earlier this year — in other words, issuing hand-written tickets for garbage hauls while computerized records were disabled — to embezzle as much as $455. Although the amount lost to the shredded waste tickets pales to the $18 million Baltimore officials have said the ransomware attack could eventually cost the city, the embezzlement case adds to the incident’s legacy. Ben has more.


When pizza's in an AV, you can eat pizza anytime

Regulations approved by the California Office of Administrative Law last week could put self-driving minivans, pickup trucks and other small vehicles on the road as early as mid-January. California DMV Director Steve Gordon said this policy will enable autonomous delivery of everything from personal packages to pizza. Ryan Johnston has the details.


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