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How cities can guard against ransomware attacks

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

More than 50 cities have fallen prey to ransomware attacks in 2019 so far, with the average paying $36,295 in ransom. As a result, cities are beginning to explore new cybersecurity options. 

The big picture: As cities move more of their services online and collect more data on their communities and residents, small- to mid-sized municipalities with underfunded IT departments are particularly vulnerable to ransomware attacks and associated costs. 

Study: Porn sites secretly track users

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A new study analyzed over 22,000 pornography sites, finding that 93% were sharing user data with at least 1 third party tracker.

Why it matters: Researchers said there needs to be "affirmative consent in all types of sexual activity." Sharing this type of private information can be invasive for users, with some sites' URLs indicating "specific gender and/or sexual preference, identity, or interest."