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Threat Analyst Shows Evidence of Hernando County Ransomware Attack

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A threat analyst from a New Zealand-based anti-malware company, Emsisoft, has provided information that indicates the “network disruption” the Hernando County government is currently experiencing is a ransomware attack.

Brett Callow, Emsisoft threat analyst, released a screenshot on X showing that the ransomware group Rhysida has made Hernando County’s data available for purchase for 40 BitCoin or $2.8 million.

Callow states that at least 20 local governments nationwide have been impacted by ransomware this year.

According to Emsisoft’s annual statistics for local government ransomware attacks in the US:
2023: 95
2022: 106
2021: 77

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Totals including hospital systems, K-12 school districts, post-secondary schools, and governments:
2023: 321
2022: 220
2021: 191

For further information on what this means:

Tech Talk: If the County’s IT Outage is a Ransomware Attack

Julie B. Maglio
Julie B. Maglio
Julie B. Maglio has experience in art, graphic arts, web design and development. She also has a strong scientific background, co-authoring a scientific paper on modeling the migration and population dynamics of the monarch butterfly, while attending the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University. She holds a B.A. from New College of Florida, majoring in Biology.
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