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11/20/2020
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Ransomware against web host trickles down

Several state and local government agencies around the United States have had their web presences taken out following a ransomware attack against a web hosting provider the agencies share. The provider, Managed.com, deactivated its hosting services after an infection Monday by the REvil malware. But that's forced several of its customers' websites to go dark, including Brown County, Indiana; Columbus County, North Carolina; Jackson County, Oregon; and the Arizona Judicial Branch, though some have created backup sites. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Closing the economic and digital divides

Communities that have taken the opportunity to invest in broadband and digitizing government services throughout the pandemic should consider whether their work is equitable along racial and socioeconomic lines, a panel of city officials said yesterday. The health crisis has “pulled back the curtain” on a digital divide that existed previously San Antonio City Councilmember Manny Pelaez said during a National League of Cities webinar. Pelaez pointed to a survey his city started conducting last December, finding that nearly half of all households with annual incomes below $20,000 had no internet access at all. Ryan Johnston has more.


House's cyber chair wants to do more

The new head of the House Homeland Security Committee’s panel on cybersecurity said Tuesday that federal lawmakers need to do more to help organizations, especially state and local governments, protect themselves against ransomware. “We have to help state and locals better protect networks,” Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill, said during an event hosted by the Cyber Threat Alliance. “We have to consider providing resources to those who have been impacted ransomware attacks to rebuild.” Ben has details.


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