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Orange County, NC Hit with Ransomware Attack

The headlines of hacking incidents against counties, cities and towns are racking up like the retail space was several years ago.

The hackers have targeted state and municipalities to wreak their havoc. This week, Orange County, NC was hit with a ransomware attack that brought it to its knees. As a result of the attack, the entire county computer network was shut down, which meant that the Register of Deeds could not process real estate closings or issue marriage licenses, the Tax Office couldn’t verify tax bills, the Planning Department couldn’t process fees or permits, and the library computers were dark. It is estimated that it will take up to a week for the entire system to be up and running again.

Counties, cities and towns—this is another example of how hackers are shifting their target to you.

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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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