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Municipality Ransomware Attacks Up 60% in 2019, Kaspersky Research Finds

At least 174 municipal institutions suffered ransomware attacks in 2019, according to research from antivirus software provider Kaspersky. This represents a 60 percent year-over-year increase.

In addition, cybercriminals demanded an average ransom amount of approximately $1 million and requested ransoms up to $5.3 million from municipalities this year, Kaspersky reported. They also frequently used the Ryuk, Purga and Stop malware families during their municipality ransomware attacks.

Notable Municipality Ransomware Attacks in 2019

Cybercriminals launched many ransomware attacks against cities, towns and government organizations in 2019, including:

There are many things that municipalities can do to combat ransomware attacks, such as:

  • Implement data backup software and services.
  • Deploy endpoint, network and cloud security solutions.
  • Provide employees with cybersecurity awareness training.
  • Perform regular software updates and patching.
  • Use two-factor authentication (2FA).

Also, partnering with an MSSP can help a municipality prepare for cyberattacks. MSSPs can offer security services and insights that enable municipalities to optimize their security posture and limit the risk of data breaches.

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