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10/07/2022
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Colorado brings site back after DDoS attack

The Colorado Office of Information Technology said Thursday evening that the state government’s main website has been restored, after being knocked offline by a distributed denial-of-service attack carried out by a Russian-speaking group known as Killnet. Colorado.gov, which was for more than 24 hours replaced by a temporary site, was one of dozens of state-government sites <a href="https://statescoop.com/russia-ukraine-killnet-ddos-state-governments/">targeted this week by Killnet</a>, which has gained notoriety over the past several months for its DDoS campaigns against sites based in countries that’ve supported Ukraine in its defense against Russia’s eight-month-old invasion. Benjamin Freed has the latest.


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What, three words?

The Dallas Police and Fire-Rescue departments are the latest in a growing number of U.S. public safety agencies to start using what3words, a geocoding technology that uses unique sequences of three random dictionary words to reference locations of emergency scenes and personnel. The technology, which has caught on broadly in the U.K. and is being slowly tested in some U.S. jurisdictions, is intended to make it easier for people to communicate their precise location and for police officers and firefighters to accurately communicate their locations with each other. Lindsay McKenzie has details.


Ron Galperin's dashboard confessional

On the Priorities Podcast, Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin says the reason his office launches so many data visualizations is that they help government make better-informed decisions while increasing access of services to residents. “These [data projects] take many different forms,” Galperin says. “We do mapping, we do story maps, we do charts and we do a whole variety of different ways to visualize data. There will never be enough data to satisfy my curiosity for it." Listen to the podcast.


Maryland CISO on his new cyber directors

After Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed new directors of state and local cybersecurity, we caught up with state CISO Chip Stewart, who'll be working with the officials in these brand-new positions. Stewart praised the risk-management experience of John Bruns, a former county CISO who's now director of state cybersecurity, and will be implementing Maryland's cyber strategy across statewide agencies. Stewart also said that Nessa Squires, the new director of local cybersecurity, will be "absolutely pivotal" as the state crafts its plan for the new DHS cyber grant program. Ben has more.


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