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School leaders from the Sunapee School District met with U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan Friday to talk about cybersecurity. The district was the recent target of an attempted ransomware attack.

Sunapee Technology Director Mike Montore was going through his Sunday night routine on Columbus Day Weekend when he noticed he could no longer log into the district's servers.

"I came in Monday morning, and it was real obvious, real quick as soon as I started," he said. 

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The number of cyber attacks on municipalities is up from 2018, causing chaos and costing municipalities millions to resolve. We ask why local governments are being targeted, the impact on citizens, and the challenges for municipalities trying to protect themselves. 

Air date: Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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The computer system for  Strafford County’s government is close to getting fully back online, after a cyberattack led the county to shut down some of its servers. 


Early Friday, the Strafford County IT Department started to receive reports of problems with a few computers at the county Sheriff's Department. They detected a virus and decided the safest approach was to temporarily shut down the system, which included computers in the jail, the nursing home and county offices.  


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New Hampshire is spending about $250,000 to improve cybersecurity for the midterm elections.

The money is part of a funding package that New Hampshire requested from the federal government in June for improving security and voter accessibility.