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Ransomware Attacks Against Governments Are on The Rise

A report found 53 ransomware incidents involving governments last year

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, OhioAlbany, New York; and Jackson County, Georgia.

Recorded Future’s research was first reported by CNN.

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