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United States – City of Shafter

Exploit: Ransomware
City of Shafter: Municipal Government

Risk to Small Business: 1.714 = Severe

Cyberattacks against city governments and municipal services have been climbing worldwide, and Shafter, CA just joined the list after a ransomware attack took it’s systems offline for several days. The attack impaired the operations and delivery of city services, a common hallmark of recent municipal cybercrime.

Individual Risk: No personal or consumer information was reported as impacted in this incident.

Customers Impacted: 20,000

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware has been a menace to municipal governments large and small. Just last week, the Hackney Borough Council in London was rocked by ransomware, and the risk is growing for governments as incidents pile up.