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Florida Man Gets Hacked. Again.

And over and over... he's been hacked a lot.

For all those who love #FloridaMan posts and memes, you can add cyber attacks to his list of accomplishments. And by accomplishments, we mean that in the worst possible way.

Before you go too far - we are based in Florida. Our founders were born and raised here. And we love it here!

Ok, back to your regularly scheduled blogging...

It's Florida's government offices that are racking up the unwelcome cybercrime accolades. The latest attacks involve the beautiful City of Key West and Florida's Chamber of Commerce.

Local governments suffer from tight budgets and outdated systems, making them more vulnerable to cybercriminals, especially Phishing attacks.

These attacks became public when the Conti Ransomware posted volumes of stolen data from each organization. Sound anything like the Florida Man mugshots??

Dark Web forum where Conti Ransomware Group posts victim information

So what are they after?

Money! Cold, hard (well, digital) cash.

These attackers typically Phish their way into these government networks, and then grab all the data they can find.

Once they've stolen all the data, they lock up (i.e. encrypt) the network and make their ever-higher ransom demands.

Why are local governments vulnerable?

Local government employees are under-resourced and under-trained to protect themselves from these attacks. This is exactly why these municipal attacks keep happening.

Under-resourced: it's no secret that local budgets are often tight, leaving IT departments to procure what they can, not what they need.
Under-trained: we train up the DMV employee on processing your vanity license plate request, but is she also getting trained on staying safe from cybercriminals?

The good news is that these hacks can be stopped!

The first step is training your team to avoid the initial Phishing email, the ones that healthcare organizations are getting every single day.

Are you ready to take action?
We make it easy (and cheap) to protect your team from attacks just like this one. Find out how to protect your team with INFIMA's Automated Security Awareness platform.

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Joel Cahill

Cyber security enthusiast. Entrepreneur.