Pandemic telework broadened the target area for ransomware attacks, state officials say
Government cybersecurity efforts now need to account for workers' home networks and personal devices, state CISOs said.
This week brought new police oversight, COVID-19 tools and a first in ransomware
New requirements for surveillance tools and body-camera footage in NYC, new digital tools for COVID-19 response in Virginia and a marriage of ransomware and unemployment fraud represent some of the highlights from this week's top government IT news.
Unemployment fraud in Washington linked to health care ransomware
A report from security firm Kroll says hackers used illicit access to a health care organization to file phony claims before detonating a ransomware attack.
Texas transportation department hit in ransomware attack
The agency said it detected "unauthorized access," but revealed few details about the incident, which came days after Texas courts were targeted by ransomware.
State and local governments grasp for IT aid, announce key personnel moves
This week elevated discussions on the support state and local government IT offices will need to serve constituents throughout the pandemic and beyond. California, Idaho and the CIty of Los Angeles, meanwhile, announced new hires in key IT roles.
Ransomware forces Texas court servers offline
The Friday attack didn't compromise any data, officials said, but some servers and websites have been taken offline while the incident is investigated.
North Dakota government fiber provider hit by ransomware
Dakota Carrier Network, which supports the state's government broadband network, was the victim of an attack that exposed files including a photo of a rock icon.
Six ways to combat ransomware with modern network security
State and local agencies are increasingly targeted for ransomware attacks. A new report shares steps that can minimize risk.
'Smart' parking meter vendor had data stolen in ransomware attack
CivicSmart, which sells parking meters and software to cities around the world, appears to have paid a ransom after some of its files were published by hackers.