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New ransomware hits payment vendor

City and state agencies around the country this month have begun disclosing a recent ransomware attack against a widely used payment processing service. The disclosures came after a malicious actor calling itself "Cuba ransomware" said it had compromised the vendor, Automatic Funds Transfer Services, and stolen financial documents and correspondence. Among the company's customers is the California DMV, which told residents that the past 20 months' worth of vehicle registration records, including names, addresses and license plate numbers, may have been exposed. Colin Wood has more.

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Vax crash gets gov's backlash

A website in Massachusetts that allows residents to register for COVID-19 vaccines crashed Thursday morning when thousands of users flooded the portal at once, resulting in mass frustration. While state officials and the vendor that built the site, PrepMod, said the crash had been fixed, Gov. Charlie Baker said he was infuriated by the incident, which occurred as the commonwealth broadened its vaccine eligibility. "I cannot even begin to tell you how pissed off I am,” he told Boston Public Radio. Colin has details.

Can Rosenworcel make broadband fairer?

As the FCC's new acting chair — and a leading candidate to take the role permanently — Jessica Rosenworcel has said she wants to make the commission's process in awarding broadband funds fairer. But she's got her work cut out for her, especially after the initial auction last December of Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, conducted under her predecessor Ajit Pai, went awry. “It’s hard to estimate just how many things have gone wrong,” said Christopher Mitchell, the director of community networks at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Ryan Johnston reports.


How open technology and process help the public sector innovate

The investments agencies have made over the last year in cloud infrastructure promises faster, more agile and more secure applications. But in addition to the infrastructure, leaders should look to cloud-native application development — using open source code — to add greater speed to software production and delivery lifecycles for both new and existing applications. Read more from Red Hat.

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