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New York’s capital city Albany spent last weekend tackling a ransomware cyberattack. The attack affected Albany police department systems, including scheduling and email applications accessed over the Internet, multiple reports suggested.

Albany Mayor Kathleen Sheehan confirmed in a social media post the city experienced a ransomware cyberattack but didn’t give details about its extent. The occurrence apparently jammed computers in patrol cars, according to Albany Times Union. All city services except for getting birth, death and marriage certificates resumed Monday morning. About 100,000 people reside in Albany, and more than 1 million people live in the immediate area, known as the Capital District, which also includes the cities of Schenectady and Troy.

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Roy Urrico

Roy W. Urrico specializes in articles about financial technology and services for Credit Union Times, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and case studies. Also: writer/editor of a semi-annual newsletter for Association for Financial Technology since 1997 and history projects funded by the U.S Interior Department, National Park Service and Warren County (N.Y.).

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