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A sewage plant in Maine was attacked by ransomware. Officials said that they did not pay out any demands and that no customer data was stolen.

Ransomware is a form of software that locks up a company’s computer system and demands payment to give it back. In this case, the hackers locked up the program that alerts workers if the pumps overheat or the tanks overflow. That could have been a stinky problem if it wasn’t caught but the sewage companies were prepping to upgrade their systems anyway so they put a jump on that process and the hackers got nothing.

This illustrates how vulnerable pretty much all aspects of communal life are to attack. The mayor of the town said: “It’s like an arms race between the good guys and the bad guys. Fortunately, in this case, they didn’t get anything.”

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