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Key Biscayne Hit by Cybersecurity Attack

Key Biscayne is the third Florida town to be hit by hackers in June.

A third small Florida town has been hit with a June cyberattack. Key Biscayne, a village of some 13,000 residents, has confirmed that it suffered a "data security event" on Sunday, June 23.

According to reports in local media, all village government systems were running properly as of Wednesday morning. On Thursday morning, village council members voted to authorize funding for IT staff to engage with outside consultants to better understand how the attack happened and how a similar attack can be prevented. No details of the attack or its remediation have been given as of press time.

Key Biscayne's attack follows ransomware attacks on Florida towns Lake City and Riviera Beach. In each of those cases, the city governments opted to pay the ransom demanded by attackers in order to retrieve data and return city systems to functioning states.

In each of these cases, the victim is small: Riviera Beach is a city of around 32,000 in the northern part of the Miami metropolitan area, while Lake City has a population of just over 12,000 in the northern part of the state.

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