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Governments increasingly under cyberattack

Cyber threats aimed at municipalities are on the rise, according to the Mid-Year Global Security Report recently released by security services provider AppRiver.

Through the first half of 2019, a growing number of cities across the U.S. were hit with ransomware attacks, while several large companies disclosed data breaches that exposed more than 625 million records.

The most prevalent attacks during the first half of the year included chained malware attacks and conversation hijacking attacks. During the first six months of the year AppRiver said it blocked more than 124 million emails with malware attached and more than 20 million spear phishing attacks.

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The report, based on global data compiled by the company’s cyber security analyst team, said it’s still up for debate as to who is launching attacks against local governments. They could have widespread effects beyond financial damage, such as disrupting infrastructure.

In the first six months of 2019, AppRiver said it quarantined 4 billion spam messages, more than 124 million emails with malware attached, and more than 20 million spear phishing attacks.

More than 20 governmental entities in Texas were hit with a ransomware attack on Aug. 16, according to the Texas Office of Information Resources. The majority of these 23 insitutions were smaller local governments.

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