Maryland's congressional lawmakers request a briefing on Baltimore's ransomware attack

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Posted at 11:18 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 11:42:56-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A few Maryland lawmakers requested an FBI briefing on the Baltimore ransomware attack Wednesday.

The team of Maryland Democrats, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes, wrote a letter to the FBI and the Secret Service expressing their gratitude in responding to Baltimore's battle with the cyber attack and to request a briefing once the attack and subsequent investigations conclude.

The attack caused great disorder to the city's daily operation, delaying at least 1,500 pending home sales and affecting how residents pay bills and other obligations.

Senator Van Hollen's office acknowledged the consistency of the Baltimore City Government in serving the residents.

The lawmakers went on to highlight questions regarding the attack, including:

1. The identity of the individuals or groups responsible and the methods used in the attack;

2. What federal resources were available to the City to respond to the attack and regain control of its systems;

3. What resources were actually provided to the City;

4. What resources are available to assist the City in enhancing its cybersecurity to prevent similar attacks in the future;

5. Details of similar attacks to other municipalities and states, and steps your agencies and those governments took in the wake of those attacks.

6. What additional authority or funding Congress could provide to assist in recovery or prevent similar attacks on state and local governments around the country.