Publicly acknowledged ransomware attacks against state and local governments jumped 39 percent in 2018, and the first few months of 2019 show no sign that trend is cooling, according to a report published Friday by the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.
The report’s author, Allan Liska, writes that he identified 53 ransomware incidents involving state and local governments in 2018 — a year in which victims ranged from public libraries and school districts to major cities like Atlanta — compared to 38 the year before. And no fewer than 21 attacks were reported between January and April of this year, including in places like Akron, Ohio; Albany, New York; and Jackson County, Georgia.
Recorded Future’s research was first reported by CNN.
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