Payouts Make Ransomware Attractive to Hackers, Experts Warn

"Scott Shackelford, chair of the IU Cybersecurity Program, said while cyberattacks of governmental agencies have occurred since the late 1990s, he agrees there has been an uptick in these attacks on critical civilian infrastructure nationwide. This includes not only local governmental agencies, but also hospitals and police stations. He said even libraries at times can be targeted.

Shackelford said smaller-scale attacks such as these can oftentimes be overshadowed by cyberattacks directed at large corporations such as Equifax, but can be just as devastating."