County website security scrutinized

More than half of the counties in Kansas may be susceptible to cyber attacks, according to a recent study. Local governments have become targets for ransomware attacks, where hackers hold data hostage for money.

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State News

February 24, 2020 - 10:23 AM

Only 60 county websites in Kansas use SSL, a basic security protocol. NOMIN UJIYEDIIN / KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Many Kansas counties’websites may be at risk as they lack basic protocols that make it easier for hackers to impersonate websites in order to install malware or trick individuals into giving out their personal information.

Out of 105 counties, only eight of them have websites ending in .gov, a domain extension only government officials can control, and 60 counties’ URLs start with “http” rather than the more secure “https.” Experts say it could be a serious concern for smaller governments during a time of increasing cyberattacks, KCUR-FM reported.

Local governments have in recent years become frequent targets of ransomware attacks, where hackers hold data hostage in exchange for money.

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