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Local organizations face increasing cyberthreats, experts warn


Last updated 3/4/2020 at 1:30pm

Cities, school districts, small businesses and other groups are ill-equipped to handle the growing hacker threats to their computer systems.

Although the world is focused on COVID-19, a virus that can make you feel pretty lousy and, in extreme cases, threaten your very life, there's another virus coursing through the country that can cripple an entire city: ransomware.

Cybersecurity is much on the minds of IT department staffs from city halls to school districts, made more urgent as digital strikes are increasing nationwide.

Last fall, the FBI issued a warning to U.S. businesses and organizations about the increasing threat of hackers installing ransomware on their systems. They then would demand ransom from the victim organizat...

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