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Whitehall ransomware attack exposes personal info of about 37,000 | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


The City of Whitehall was the victim of a ransomware attack earlier this year that has potentially exposed the personal information of about 37,000 people, including city employees and members of the public.

Last week, the city announced it had mailed letters informing people affected by the breach that their information may have been exposed during the attack.

On May 27, Whitehall detected that a ransomware infection began encrypting files stored on the city’s networks, according to a release. Ransomware is a type of malware that gains access to a system and threatens to publish the victim’s personal data or permanently block access to it unless a ransom is paid.

Local municipalities have become increasingly popular targets for ransomware attackers, costing hundreds of communities across the country millions of dollars, according to computer security and ransomware experts.

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