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The Maryland Department of Health announced yesterday it has regained the ability to post daily updates of the state’s COVID-19 metrics, a little more than two weeks after a cyberattack disabled many of its IT systems. Officials said the agency can now resume publishing statistics that had been stalled since the Dec. 4 incident, including confirmed infections, diagnostic testing volume, negative test results and seven-day rolling averages of positive tests. The restoration of the data came the same day Gov. Larry Hogan said he tested positive and is experiencing mild symptoms. Benjamin Freed reports.

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No building back here

The announcement Sunday by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that he won't vote for President Biden's climate and social spending plan means that — among other proposals — $470 million for planned upgrades to next-generation 911 technology at the country's emergency call centers isn't happening. In a statement yesterday, the head of the National Emergency Number Association said the transition to NG911 is "still an urgent national priority, and all sides agree there’s no way to complete that transition in this decade without an infusion of federal funding." Ben has more.

Students' data still getting vacuumed up

Hundreds of advertisers are collecting valuable K-12 student data from MaxPreps, a service that allows schools to add sports data to their informational app for students, according to new research from the Me2B Alliance, CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports. The app is another instance of the privacy risks educational technology poses to children, the organization said. Read more on CyberScoop.

Ransomware trove's revelations

A cache of data leaked earlier this year by ransomware actors who targeted the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department included disciplinary files documenting "criminal offenses" allegedly committed by 24 current officers, according to an investigation by WAMU and the public-radio program Reveal. The files stolen in the ransomware attack were eventually posted to DDoSecrets, a transparency nonprofit run by technologists and journalists. Read the story on Reveal.

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