Ransomware is 'straining' local government services, FBI says
Ransomware actors continue to stress local government organizations by causing disruptions to utilities and critical public services, according to an advisory issued this week by the FBI. According to the bulletin issued Wednesday, local governments accounted for the second-highest victimized group in 2021, trailing only the academic sector as ransomware gangs’ favorite target.
And while the ransomware threat has been a familiar one to local officials for several years now, attacks still ensnare city and state governments, causing financial losses and jamming up critical functions, from courthouse operations to COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
“These types of attacks can have significant repercussions for local communities by straining financial and operational resources and putting residents at risk for further exploitation,” the bulletin reads.