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He's back

Former Alaska Chief Information Officer Bill Vajda is returning to state government, following a stint in the federal government, as Wyoming’s new CIO, Gov. Mark Gordon’s office confirmed yesterday. Vajda, who served as Alaska’s first statewide CIO from 2017 to early 2018, will join Gordon’s Cabinet after three years as the top IT official at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Another school closure

Public schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico, remained closed for a second consecutive day Friday due to a cyberattack, officials said. Albuquerque Public Schools said the attack compromised a student information system used for attendance and contacting families. While the incident came as surrounding Bernalillo County continues its recovery from a ransomware attack, the FBI said the two attacks do not appear to be related. Ben has more.

Louisville, Ky., hires first-ever 'director of innovation'

The City of Louisville, Kentucky, named Eric Burnette, a longtime city policy adviser, as its first director of innovation to expand its civic technology-focused efforts. In the role, Burnett will work alongside Grace Simrall, the city's chief of innovation and technology, overseeing the city’s digital inclusion efforts and grant initiatives. Ryan Johnston has the story.

Russia announces sting on REvil gang

The Russian government said Friday that it raided multiple addresses tied to members of the REvil ransomware gang, making arrests and seizing hard cash, cryptocurrency, computers and cars. The operation, which the FSB said came at the request of the United States, targeted the gang responsible for the major attack last July against Florida-based IT firm Kaseya — which affected some 1,500 clients — and numerous attacks against state and local government entities. Joe Warminsky reports for CyberScoop.

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