Ransomware, Critical Infrastructure Security

Ohio city disrupted by ransomware attack

StateScoop reports that officials at the City of Huber Heights in Ohio have confirmed that numerous city systems have been disrupted by a ransomware attack on the morning of Nov. 12. Huber Heights will have operations at its finance, utilities, tax, engineering, zoning, economic development, and human resources divisions impacted until the following week, according to officials, who noted that the city's public safety services were spared from the intrusion. "Residents can still call 911 and police, fire, and EMS non-emergency numbers," said Huber Heights City Manager Rick Dzik. Such an attack comes after the City of Circleville, also in Ohio, had its municipal court's services affected by a ransomware attack in January, as well as a recent intrusion against the Washington Department of Transportation that compromised its website and mobile app. Ransomware attacks have hit 69% of state and local government agencies across the U.S. this year, compared with 58% last year, a report from Sophos revealed.

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