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Baltimore creates cybersecurity review panel following ransomware attack

Baltimore creates cybersecurity review panel following ransomware attack (Incident Response, Learnings)

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott announced the creation of a Committee on Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness on Thursday, as the city works to restore the systems taken down by a debilitating ransomware attack last week. A type of ransomware known as “RobinHood” took down several of the city’s services last week, including some of the capabilities of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Works, and the Department of Finance. “[T]he good news is that City services including Public Safety (Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Fire Department, 911), Water Services Operations, and Public Works currently operate without interruption despite this threat,” Scott said. The city has been working with the FBI and industry partners including Microsoft to recover from the attack, Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis said during a press conference Wednesday, describing the malware incident as a “vicious assault.” Davis said Baltimore city officials have also been in contact with their counterparts in Atlanta to discuss “lessons learned” from the similar ransomware attack Atlanta went through in 2018.

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