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05/12/2021
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Ransomware group drops more D.C. police files

A ransomware gang that targeted the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department last month published the personal information of 22 officers and threatened to leak more if they were not paid off. Images of documents posted on a leak site affiliated with the Babuk ransomware appear show detailed files on the officers, including Social Security numbers and financial information, along with performance reviews and other internal records. The hackers wrote that they published the files after alleged payment negotiations with MPD broke down. The development shows that "some of these ransomware actors feel like they can operate with impunity," Recorded Future's Allan Liska said. Benjamin Freed reports.


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LA plans easier tee times, other services

Los Angeles’s effort to better connect its population to city services and local businesses through a single sign-on platform is about to move “much faster” said Jeanne Holm, the city’s deputy mayor for budget and innovation. As the city restaffs agencies, including IT, that shrunk in the pandemic's economic downturn, Holm plans to oversee an expansion of the Angeleno Account, a single sign-on portal for accessing municipal services. While it currently only offers business assistance programs, Holm said "dozens and dozens" of other services will be added in the coming months, including booking tee times at city-owned golf courses. Ryan Johnston hits the links. ????️


Code for America grant follows old newspaper chain

The Knight Foundation announced Tuesday that it’s awarding $1 million to seven affiliates of the civic-tech group Code for America. The money will be split among brigades in Miami; Detroit; Philadelphia; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Jose, California; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Boulder, Colorado — all cities where the Knight family once operated daily newspapers. Don't forget about your local newspaper.


NASCIO awards Colorado public safety director for digital ID work

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers on Tuesday honored Colorado’s public safety director, Stan Hilkey, for his work in developing Colorado’s digital identification system. Hilkey, who has led the state’s public safety department since 2014, won NASCIO's 2021 Technology Champion Award for ushering in a digital ID platform that enables residents to use a virtual card on their phone as legal proof of age, identity and address at some traffic stops, as well as an ever-growing list of bars and other state agencies. More local police agencies are accepting the ID as of this week, Gov. Jared Polis said. Ryan has more.


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