The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs wants to know how secured government PCs are against ransomware, and whether any agencies have paid off hackers to unlock their files. In a pair of open letters to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) asked the two offices to deliver full reports on how they deal with ransomware. In addition to statistics on how the DHS is helping individual citizens and businesses prevent and respond to ransomware infections, the committee wants to know how the government itself is dealing with the threat of ransomware infections on its own PCs.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Register