Baltimore’s Ransomware Attack Drags On

Baltimore got hit with ransomware (again) on Tuesday, and it is taking a while to correct the problems. Baltimore struggles to recover from ransomware attack.

Email is down for most city employees, as is bill-paying via credit cards for stuff like paying water bills, etc.

It’s the 2nd time Baltimore has been hit with ransomware in 14 months.

At a Wednesday press conference, city IT director Frank Johnson said the city was working with the FBI and that it appeared to be a “fairly new variant” of the RobinHood ransomware that is “quite aggressive.”

Baltimore isn’t saying exactly what happened, since they are still trying dig themselves out from under… But things with .gov at all levels aren’t great.

The Baltimore attack is a reminder that many governments remain vulnerable to cyberterrorism, largely due to a lack of funding and staffing. In a 2018 Deloitte-NASCIO survey of 50 state officials in charge of information security, nearly half said their state did not have a separate cybersecurity budget line, and most allocate between 0% and 3% of their IT budgets to addressing cyberthreats.

Doesn’t sound good at the next election for the politicians to go on about spending money to avoid crap like this. And so, Baltimore isn’t alone.

And that is only the .gov from the past week.