U.S. 2020 Election-Themed Ransomware Attacks Are on Their Way – And Local Govt’s Aren’t Prepared

New research shows local governments practice a distinct lack of cybersecurity preparedness. And with local, state, and national elections coming up this year, cyberattacks are a concern.

In a recent post, anti-malware vendor Emisoft sounded the call for both private and public sector businesses to be on the lookout for cyberattacks leveraging themes related to upcoming elections – from campaign fundraising to promoting stories about candidates, the possibilities are endless. And, given the heightened political tensions that exist in the U.S., potential victims are already emotionally charged enough to respond to phishing and web-based attacks.

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