Cyberattacks prompted Maryland lawmakers to bill privacy – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Speaker of the Maryland House of Representatives has launched a package of cybersecurity bills that she considers crucial.

“Vulnerabilities in our information technology systems will continue to cost our taxpayers a very high cost,” said Speaker Adrienne Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat, said.

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Recent cyberattacks have cost millions of dollars – more than $8 million estimated after the Baltimore County Schools were hacked in 2020.

The city of Baltimore paid out $6 million after hackers took over the city’s systems controlling everything from water bills to real estate fees in 2019.

Last December, hackers demanded ransom from the Maryland Department of Health. The attack stopped reporting on critical COVID data as the Omicron variant was rapidly spreading.

And in February, the Twitter account of Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby was hacked.

“As we become more dependent on technology, that means more cyber attacks, especially those targeting local and state governments,” Jones said.

Bills passed through the Maryland General Assembly would improve cybersecurity training, coordinate statewide, regularly assess threats, and hire an independent contractor to review systems for Look for security risks.

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You can read more about them here:

https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2022RS/bills/hb/hb1346F.pdf

https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2022RS/bills/hb/hb1202F.pdf

“Have we passed a day? We have been attacked at the state level, at the local level,” said Representative Pat Young, who is sponsoring the law, of the urgency.

The head of information technology in Montgomery County revealed that there are 15 million attacks on their systems every day.

Cybersecurity push comes amid warnings Russia can target businesses and government agencies in the US as retaliation for sanctions over the war with Ukraine.

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“As sanctions continue to waste money on the Russian economy, it could become an economic necessity to bring money back to Russia,” said CBS News cybersecurity expert Chris Krebs.

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/02/cyberattacks-spark-cybersecurity-concerns-among-maryland-lawmakers/ Cyberattacks prompted Maryland lawmakers to bill privacy – CBS Baltimore

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