MY TAKE: Poorly protected local government networks cast shadow on midterm elections
The Last Watchdog
SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
In March 2018, the city of Atlanta fell victim to a ransomware attack that shut down its computer network. As Ananth explained, the city did two things right: they had cyber insurance and they didn’t pay the ransom. This makes government networks even more vulnerable and hackers see them as a gold mine. City agencies were unable to collect payment. Police departments had to handwrite reports. Years of data disappeared. Related: Political propaganda escalates in U.S.