Introducing the Spotlight on Cybersecurity, a New Section of California City News

More than 200 US local governments have been hit by ransomware attacks in recent years. This summer alone, localities were hit in Texas, OklahomaRhode Island, and locales in Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina and here in California with the City of Lodi. In 2016 a cyber attack hit the Orange County Transportation Authority, costing the agency more than $650,000 and weeks of disuprution.  Recent articles in the New York Times and Washington Post have looked at the issue. They report that international criminals have identified small local governments as some of their best marks: "Intelligence officials, using data collected by the National Security Agency and others in an effort to identify the sources of the hacking, say many have come from Eastern Europe, Iran and, in some cases, the United States. The majority have targeted small-town America, figuring that sleepy, cash-strapped local governments are the least likely to have updated their cyberdefenses or backed up their data".