“Ransomware is a pandemic in the United States,” said Joel DeCapua, supervisory special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s cyber division, referring to a particularly devastating form of malicious software. Hackers are increasingly going after larger targets, compared with five years ago, when most ransomware attacks hit home computers, he said.
Municipalities in general are less prepared than companies due to limited resources and difficulty competing for cybersecurity talent, security professionals say. They are also increasingly reliant on technology to deliver city services and some have aging computer systems, according to Standard & Poor’s.
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