Ransomware attacks on the rise — and small towns are in the crosshairs

When it’s someone else’s money, maybe it just easier to pay up…:

[…] Ransomware attacks have been on the rise in recent years because of how profitable they can be for attackers — and smaller cities are an attractive target. In addition to lacking resources, cities are often dealing with taxpayer money and so may elect to pay a ransom rather than try to recover their data in another way, said Wendi Whitmore, vice president of X-Force Threat Intelligence at IBM Security.

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