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LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: RANSOMWARE ATTACK’S HOTTEST TARGET
From Florida to a group of cities in Texas, even Baltimore to Atlanta, the frequency of ransomware attacks against local governments is rapidly rising. A recent report from Barracuda Networks confirmed that out of hundreds of attacks, nearly two-third of ransomware attacks targeted local government institutions and organizations. Ransomware is a form of malware that inhibits an authorized user from accessing a private computer system or data. The cyber attacker encrypts a file or folder to gain monetary benefits in exchange for the encrypted content. These perpetrators usually demand cryptocurrency, making it difficult to track the transaction. Economic advantage is the primary motivator of ransomware attacks. Malware, including ransomware, has always been one of the common cyberattacks every year. Surprisingly, reports are suggesting a drop in ransomware attacks; yet, these attacks faced no significant decline in its revenue. EC-COUNCIL READ MORE