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A history of major cyberattacks, in and around Baltimore

The massive 2019 attack was not the first, nor the last, to harm Baltimore or its surrounding counties.

Cybersecurity, in a nutshell.

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The 2019 ransomware attack was the event that most influenced Baltimore city government’s approach to cybersecurity.

Consider the Baltimore City Information & Technology Department(BCIT) budget, which jumped by $12.5 million in the fiscal year following the attack. Moreover, both the city and state of Maryland, which appointed its first-ever data and privacy chiefs last year, is taking cybersecurity way more seriously than it did years ago.

But the 2019 attack was not the first to hit local government and institutional agencies, nor was it the last. Here’s a brief timeline of major cyberattacks in and around Baltimore during the last eight years.

If you know of any major cyberattacks in the Baltimore metro we might have missed, let us know at baltimore@technical.ly, anytime.

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Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. -30-
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