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Cleveland City Hall closes for second day after cyberattack | #ransomware | #cybercrime

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb on Monday held a press conference announcing that City Hall and offices in Erieview would be shut down for a second day on Tuesday after a cyberattack over the weekend.

The Saturday cyberattack disabled some services in the city of 360,000 residents, but officials announced Monday that phone service had been restored. Bibb said city officials were working “around the clock” to contain the threat.

“We’ve been working around the clock with a multitude of partners to ensure we can contain the threat, manage the threat and alleviate the threat,” Bibb said.

Officials said they were still attempting to identify the scope of the attack, but reported that city data was unaffected.

The Record reported that police, fire, emergency medical services and the city’s 911 dispatch center were not affected and that daytime 311 calls will be handled by “after-hours operators” until the city’s systems can be switched back on.

According to a January report from the Center for Internet Security, malware attacks of all types against state and local governments rose 148% between 2022 and 2023.

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He’s reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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