Local Beat: Newark City Hall computers hacked with ransomware

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NEWARK CITY HALL COMPUTERS HACKED WITH RANSOMWARE
City of Newark computers have been infected with ransomware, software that seizes the target’s computer and holds the data hostage until a payment is delivered. Mark Bonamo of TAP into Newark says the hacker responsible for the attack is demanding payment of 24 bitcoin – about $30,000 – in ransom money.

WEST NEW YORK RESIDENTS WANT ROQUE TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ICE AGREEMENT
Several West New York residents are calling on Mayor Felix Roque to pass an executive order against the controversial 287(g) agreement, which deputizes corrections officers and gives them the powers of ICE agents in certain situations. John Heinis of Hudson County View says Roque indicated that he did not feel comfortable taking formal action at the time.

NJ SECURES FEDERAL PERMITS TO BUILD TWO ARTIFICIAL REEFS
New Jersey has obtained federal permits to build two new artificial reefs in the Atlantic Ocean. Justin Auciello of Jersey Shore Hurricane News says the permit allows the state to build a reef 1.7 nautical miles southeast of the Manasquan Inlet and another reef about 9 nautical miles southwest of Cumberland County’s Maurice River, which will expand fishing opportunities in the Delaware Bay.

GOOGLE-BACKED ‘STARTUP GRIND’ COMMUNITY WILL SOON COME TO NEWARK
Newark is set to become the latest home of “Startup Grind,” a community of aspiring entrepreneurs from nearly 100 countries. Andaiye Taylor of Brick City Live says the group will host “fireside chats” with local entrepreneurs and investors and attempt to connect members to potential funders, employees and users.

COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD ON WATER PLANT LEASE
The Rahway City Council has approved a new 20-year lease agreement that will allow a private company to continue operating the city’s water treatment plant. Mark Hrywna of Rahway Rising says Suez Environmental Services will continue to operate the city’s water facilities and infrastructure until at least 2036.

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