Sarbanes, Baltimore Delegation Request FBI Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in writing a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to thank them for their work on the City of Baltimore ransomware attack and to request a briefing on the attack once operations conclude.

The Members asked several 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.