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Cybersecurity officials warn state and local agencies (again) to fend off ransomware

Yesterday, the Georgia Department of Public Safety revealed that laptop computers in state police and Capitol police vehicles—as well as laptops used by Georgia’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division (the officers who operate trucking scales and safety spot checks)—had been taken offline by ransomware. The attack comes a week after Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a statewide emergency after “a malware attack on a few North Louisiana school systems,” bringing state resources to assist in the response. And also last week, the city power company in Johannesburg, South Africa, was hit by ransomware, taking down payment systems and causing power outages.

These are just the latest episodes in a long line of state and local government organizations that have fallen to ransomware attacks.

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