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Nearly 70 US Government Organizations Hit by Ransomware Since January

October 03, 2019 / Sarah Coble

Ransomware gangs, intent on stealing American dollars, have struck at least 621 targets in the US government, education, and healthcare sectors since January. A report into stateside ransomware attacks, released on October 1 by antivirus company Emisoft, which is an associate partner in Europol’s No More Ransom Project, paints a picture of a nation in a serious cyber-predicament. At least 68 state, county, and municipal entities have been impacted by this particular type of attack since the beginning of the year. In just one attack on Baltimore, MD, carried out in May using the ransomware RobbinHood, recovery costs are estimated to have been $18.2 million. A Ryuk attack on Lake City, FL, in June led to insurers forking over a $460,000 ransom minus a $10,000 deductible, and only part of the data affected was recovered.