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Attempted cyberattacks against North Dakota state government nearly tripled last year, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
Shawn Riley, North Dakota’s chief information officer and head of the information technology department, said there were more than 15 million cyberattacks against the state’s government per month in 2019, a 300 percent increase since 2018.
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In 2018, there were about 5 million attempted cyberattacks per month.
These figures aren’t surprising, however. Local governments nationwide have seen an increase in cyberattacks. Often, foreign criminals will infect a government computer with ransomware, holding important government documents hostage until a certain amount of money is exchanged.
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Last month, the mayor of New Orleans declared a state of emergency over a cyberattack of this nature.
“That’s part of a world trend,” Riley said. “We’re trending a little higher than certain organizations, but, yeah, pretty substantial increases overall.”
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