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01/12/2022
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Ransomware leads to lockdown

A ransomware incident last week against Bernalillo County, New Mexico, has had far-ranging consequences, including at the county’s 1,200-bed Metropolitan Detention Center, which has mostly confined its inmates to their cells since the cyberattack disabled the facility’s surveillance cameras, according to new federal court records. “Based upon the overall crisis as well as the lack of camera coverage within the facility, MDC has temporarily placed the facility on a lockdown," a filing from the county read. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Trickle-down cyber?

A recent survey of public-sector IT officials found that more than 80% of state and local organizations say they're likely to apply at least some of the practices laid out in a cybersecurity-focused executive order President Biden signed last May. While Biden's order — which aimed to strengthen breach-notification rules for contractors and cyber hygiene practices at agencies — only applies at the federal level, the survey suggests it’s had a downstream effect. Ben has more.


Just in time for the Boston mandate

Massachusetts residents can now show proof of their COVID-19 vaccine through their phones with a new app introduced Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The tool generates a QR code that can be scanned to verify that the person is vaccinated, similar to other state-managed digital vaccination cards. Baker's announcement came just a few days before Boston starts requiring restaurants, gyms and other public venues to check patrons for proof of vaccination. Ryan Johnston has details.


Another Log4J warning

A China-based ransomware operator has been exploiting a vulnerability in Log4j software to attack internet-facing systems running a popular virtualization service, Microsoft analysts reported Monday. The findings point toward attacks on VMWare Horizon, an application that allows remote users access to virtual computers and servers. Successful attacks have led to the deployment of ransomware via a hacking campaign that calls itself Night Sky. CyberScoop's AJ Vicens reports.


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