Government Sector

FL: Ryuk ransomware used to attack Volusia library computers, records show

Mark Harper reports: Volusia County officials have turned over information for criminal investigation and public records indicate the cyber attacks that took down library computers used Ryuk ransomware. The cyberattack that took down public-access computers at Volusia County libraries last month involved ransomware that has elicited millions of dollars in ransom payments from governments and large...

Ex-CIA Employee Wrongly Blamed for Leak, Defense Argues

Rebecca Davis O’Brien reports: Federal prosecutors have unfairly blamed a former Central Intelligence Agency employee for the 2017 disclosure of a trove of CIA hacking tools, the former employee’s lawyer told a federal jury Tuesday. The lawyer, Sabrina Shroff, said the government pinned the 2017 leak on her client, Joshua Adam Schulte, because he was...

City of Racine attacked with ransomware

Christine Flores reports: Ransomware has infected the City of Racine’s computer systems. The doors at City Hall remained open Monday, Feb. 3. In fact, people were encouraged to conduct their business in person since the ransomware attack impacted the city’s website, email, and online payment system. Read more on CBS58.

IL: Belvidere City Hall victim to cyberattack

WIFR reported the following on January 31: Local government entity fell victim to a cyberattack which denied employees access to their computers for a couple of days. “City hall has drafted a city-wide memo that we have distributed to all of our personnel,” said Chief Shane Woody, Belvidere Police Department. Read more on WIFR. ...

Iowa Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Men Hired to Test Their Security

From the it’s-about-time-but-never-should-have-happened dept. Brian Krebs writes: On Sept. 11, 2019, two security experts at a company that had been hired by the state of Iowa to test the physical and network security of its judicial system were arrested while probing the security of an Iowa county courthouse, jailed in orange jumpsuits, charged with...