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Lawmakers call for crackdown on ransomware

Oct 19, 2019 - The Boston Globe

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Congressional representatives from Massachusetts are calling for a federal crackdown on ransomware, a form of malware that hackers have used to cripple state and local agencies — sometimes for weeks — by locking their computer systems and demanding payment to release them.

In a letter released Friday, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with eight of the state's representatives, asked Homeland Security for more help with a problem that has affected c...