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04/27/2021
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Capital's cops compromised

Files belonging to the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department appeared yesterday on a leak site affiliated with the recently discovered Babuk ransomware. According to screenshots, the files appear to include incident reports, arrest records, internal memos and other documents shared with other agencies. The FBI is investigating the incident, though the department has not said if any internal IT systems were affected. Babuk, which was first detected in January, has "improved a lot" in its ability to target organizations in just a few months, said Recorded Future intelligence analyst Allan Liska. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Not so fast, tech towns

There will be no “innovation zones” for technology companies that want to govern their own communities in Nevada until at least next year, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Monday as he pumped the brakes on legislation he had backed after a cryptocurrency investor had announced plans to build a city based on blockchain technology on a parcel of open desert. Instead, the proposal will be reviewed this summer by a bipartisan legislative committee. Ryan Johnston has more.


Illinois to spend $80.5 million replacing 1970s data center

Illinois has named a design firm for a $80.5 million rebuild of its central data center, built in the 1970s, but hasn’t yet settled on a site. The state's Department of Innovation and Technology is in the process of replacing its current main computing facility, which was built in 1979. “As we plan for the future, a secure and modern data center is essential to accommodating rapidly evolving technology to meet the needs of state agencies,” said Jennifer Ricker, the state's acting CIO. Emily Bamforth has details.


RIP Emotet?

Law enforcement officials are taking another stab at taking down Emotet, a botnet that's long been favored by cybercriminals trying to spread ransomware such as Ryuk and other malware around the world, CyberScoop's Shannon Vavra reports. Over the weekend, authorities around the world sent a specially crafted file to infected devices that is meant to make it so Emotet is no longer run automatically on infected machines. But botnets have been known to bounce back, and Emotet is no exception. Read more on CyberScoop.


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