Local cities ramp up security after national cyberattacks


Recent cyber attacks in Atlanta and Baltimore have impacted government offices, courtrooms, and 911 services. Experts say these hackers will strike again, so how do cities in the Midstate get ready for defense?

Josh Houston is the IT director for York. He says the city’s firewall is monitored daily.

“That actually lets us see unauthorized access to our network,” Houston said. “Several updates have already taken place and we’re replacing outdated hardware.”

Andrew Hacker is a cybersecurity expert at Harrisburg University. He says hackers are targeting your data to sell it to someone or even sell it back to you.

“It could be any kind of citizen data, city planning data, energy usage data. There’s so many types of data that a city might be working, public or private, and generally these people, they go for the most valuable data,” Hacker said.

Hacker says it just takes one bad link to insight a full-on attack.

“A lot of ransomware attacks, they come in through bad antivirus software. That enables them to get into the computer,” Hacker said. “So having regular software updates, changing your password, if everyone did that, we’d be in a lot better shape.”

Another important tip: back up your files. That way if you do get cyberattacked, you still have everything you need.

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