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Monkeypox outbreaks taxing tech-deficient local health authorities

The monkeypox virus has “overwhelmed” the outdated technology infrastructure of some local health jurisdictions in Washington, further straining a workforce that state health officials said was already feeling burned out by two-plus years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The burden was felt especially by local health authorities, which are frequently understaffed and have few technology assets and little training, said Elizabeth Perez, a spokesperson at the Washington Department of Health. Colin Wood reports.

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Ambiguous 'cybersecurity event' shuts offices in Colorado county

Government offices and several public services in Fremont County, Colorado, have been closed since last Wednesday, as officials there attempt to recover from what’s only been described as a “cybersecurity event.” The county, about 75 miles southwest of Colorado Springs, learned of the incident early Wednesday, but was not publicly disclosed until Friday. While county workers were able to report for duty Monday, they’ve lost access to their business email accounts and the county’s regular website. Officials have been posting updates to a temporary page. Benjamin Freed has details.

Google research exposes Iranian tool to steal emails

Hackers linked to the Iranian government’s cyber espionage unit developed a software tool to retrieve downloaded emails and other data from Gmail, Yahoo and Microsoft Outlook accounts, Google researchers said Tuesday. The researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group, who dubbed the tool “HYPERSCRAPE,” detected the malicious program in December 2021. The Iranian hackers appear to have deployed it against fewer than two dozen accounts located in Iran, according to Ajax Bash, a Google security engineer. AJ Vicens reports for CyberScoop.

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