COVID-19 Opens up ‘New Opportunities for the Bad Guys’

April 16, 2020

Route Fifty

On March 6, 2020, the governments of the city and county of Durham, North Carolina shut down computer networks after being hit with a ransomware attack similar to the one that had infected multiple local government computer systems in 2019. The Durham attack, which likely stemmed from employees clicking on infected emails, occurred just days before the World Health Organization announced that it was declaring COVID-19 a pandemic.

Attacks like this have delivered crippling IT blows in the public sector for some time now.