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Click2Gov breaches, now by Magecart

A new wave of data breaches in eight U.S. city governments is the work of online scammers using Magecart-style attacks to steal residents' personally identifying information from the troubled online payments platform Click2Gov, according to research published Friday by the cybersecurity firm TrendMicro. Magecart attacks, in which lines of JavaScript code are injected into e-commerce platforms to rip off customers' PII, have been active since April 10, TrendMicro said. While there are no obvious connections to the dozens of previous Click2Gov breaches around the country, at least five of the eight cities hit by these recent attacks have had issues with the payment service before. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Clock's ticking for state budgets

A coalition of more than 170 businesses, labor unions and government associations sent a letter to U.S. Senate leaders yesterday requesting immediate financial relief for states and local governments, which now face billions in shortfalls as they finalize their budgets. The letter, which is supported by groups including the National Governors Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties, urges relief as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt many of state and local governments’ major revenue sources and threatens critical jobs in all sectors of public service. “If the Senate fails to act immediately to support state and local governments, our nation’s recovery from the pandemic-induced recession will suffer and millions of Americans will needlessly be harmed," the letter reads. Colin Wood has details.

'Open government' can't close in a pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic forces many government services online, technology officials cite concern that some transparency efforts could get left behind. To counter that, New Orleans Chief Information Officer Kim LaGrue said, cities should use publicly available data to make services more accessible. “There is no way to measure the efficacy of your programs and initiatives unless you have the information, and the information has to be available to everyone,” LaGrue said last week during a webinar hosted by Smart Cities Connect. Ryan Johnston reports.

Cyber coordinators in the defense bill?

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators yesterday proposed an amendment to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act that would give each state a federally funded “cybersecurity coordinator” to manage the information-security relationships between the federal government, states and their localities. The amendment, from Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Gary Peters, D-Mich., would place a CISA-employed adviser in each state to act as liaisons between the federal government and states and localities in training against threats like ransomware and responding to cyberattacks. Ben has more.


Remote work could be here to stay

Governors across the country have made the call to reopen their states and lift stay-at-home orders put in place during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. State and local CIOs, who rushed into action to rapidly move government workforces to telework face new challenges now as the next normal begins. In this special report, StateScoop and EdScoop look into what’s next for the remote workforce, how governments and universities are moving forward and what to expect next. See the full report.

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