November 16, 2017

Ransomware Hackers Target Government Offices, Libraries

Ransomware attacks on government offices, civic agencies, and schools are on the rise, and include a January 19 attack on the St. Louis Public Library (SLPL). Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on a computer or network. The individual or organization responsible for the attack then demands a ransom, generally paid to an anonymous Bitcoin account, to provide a key necessary to decrypt the files.

Detroit Contractor Indicted for Library Kickbacks

James Henley, owner of Core Consulting and Professional Services, was indicted on January 31 for allegedly paying kickbacks to an unnamed Detroit Public Library official, according to the FBI.