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Ransomware attack locks out New Bedford city data

Sep. 5, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor says hackers demanded $5.3 million from his city in a ransomware attack this summer. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell disclosed Wednesday that a variant of the Ryuk virus blocked access to information on 158 city computers in July. The Standard-Times reports...

Ebola survivors at higher risk of dying, even after recovery

Sep. 4, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A study that tracked over 1,000 Ebola survivors found they had a higher than usual chance of dying in the year after their recovery. Some health officials said the results suggest more should be done to monitor the health of survivors amid the ongoing outbreak in Congo. Researchers at the...

Baltimore to use $6M in park funds for ransomware recovery

Aug. 29, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials have decided to use $6 million in park and public facility funds to help pay for the recovery of a ransomware attack that crippled the city for weeks. The Baltimore Sun reports the city's spending panel voted Wednesday to use the funds for recovery and "hardening of the...

Ransomware attack hits more than 20 Texas local governments

Aug. 20, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — More than 20 local governments in Texas were targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack of unprecedented size on Friday, but several of the cities had resumed normal operations by Tuesday, state officials said. The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement that it...

Sheriff's office in western Indiana affected by malware

Aug. 6, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A sheriff's office in western Indiana says its computer systems have been infected with a malware virus. The Vigo County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that information technology staff was working on the issue and people may see a delay in email response from sheriff's...

Water billing to resume in Baltimore months after hacking

Aug. 5, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore is expected to start issuing water bills again this week, months after a ransomware attack that hobbled the city's computer network. The Baltimore Sun reports the bills will be larger than usual because they will cover service for at least the past three months. City computer...

No prison for British cyber expert in malware case

Jul. 26, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity expert who admitted writing and selling malware was spared prison Friday by a judge who said the misconduct was outweighed by his help in stopping a worldwide computer virus in 2017. Marcus Hutchins, who was hailed as a hero for his role in stopping the "WannaCry"...

The Latest: Cyber expert gets time-served in malware case

Jul. 26, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on sentencing for a British cybersecurity expert who pleaded guilty to creating malware (all times local): 12:50 p.m. A British cybersecurity expert credited with helping stop a worldwide computer virus in May 2017 won't serve any additional time behind bars for creating malware...

British cyber expert who helped stop WannaCry virus gets sentenced to no extra jail time for creating malware

Jul. 26, 2019 1:50 PM EDT
MILWAUKEE (AP) — British cyber expert who helped stop WannaCry virus gets sentenced to no extra jail time for creating malware .

Indiana county targeted in malware assault on computers

Jul. 23, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Officials of an Indiana county say they are trying to determine the extent of a malware attack on the county's computers. Vigo County Commissioner Judith Anderson says commissioners were informed of a "ransomware" attack early Tuesday. Information technology department director...