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Fixit Stamford

Do you need to contact the City of Stamford? There are a variety of methods to express your thoughts to the City.

Most concerns can be addressed directly by submitting a ticket to Fixit Stamford: http://stamfordct.gov/fixit. This system generates a ticket directly to the City Department that can assist.

Some concerns may require talking with your elected official. Stamford has 40 members on its Board of Representatives, two members per district. You can look up your representative here: http://www.boardofreps.org/district-maps.aspx

The Board of Representatives holds its regular board meeting the first Monday of a new month, all meetings can be seen on their calendar: http://www.boardofreps.org/calendar.aspx

Finally, residents can speak to our Mayor directly by scheduling time during the next Mayor's Night In: https://www.stamfordct.gov/office-of-the-mayor/webforms/mayors-night-inout-events

All information about City Operations can be found on our website http://www.stamfordct.gov/ Our website is currently being redesigned to be more user friendly.

Some general information is reposted on our Facebook page and neighborhood-specific information is reposted on Nextdoor.

The City relies on contact with residents to address the concerns of our community. We hope this information was helpful!

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Email Security

We are all responsible for Technology Security in one way or another, but the most effective attacks come through email and trick users into clicking a link, providing their User Name and Password or opening an infected attachment.

This is generally called Phishing, and is a serious threat to our internal security.

You can learn how to spot these malicious emails by becoming aware of the tactics that hackers use to trick users.

The Federal Trade Commission has an excellent article on this topic, which you can read here: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams#recognize

The best defense is an educated user, because security always comes down to people.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

The State of Connecticut’s Mosquito Management Program announced today mosquitos trapped in Stamford on September 23, 2019 tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first time mosquitos in Stamford have tested positive for EEE since October 2003.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station will be monitoring the situation in Stamford. Mosquitos will be trapped weekly throughout October until no virus is detected or mosquitos are no longer seen in the area.

The risk of transmission of mosquito-borne diseases is lower due to colder weather approaching the Stamford area. Mosquito breeding season is over and the overall number of mosquitos is already decreasing. However, residents should continue to take precautionary measures that prevent mosquito bites — especially on warmer days. The Health Department recommends residents:

  • Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn;
  • When outdoors
    • Use approved mosquito repellent,
    • Wear long sleeves and pants.
  • Ensure window screens and door screens are intact.

Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America

From The New York Times: 

HOUSTON — At the public library in Wilmer, Tex., books were checked out not with the beeps of bar code readers but with the scratches of pen on notebook paper. Out on the street, police officers were literally writing tickets — by hand. When the entire computer network that keeps the small town’s bureaucracy afloat was recently hacked, Wilmer was thrown into the digital Dark Ages.

“It’s weird,” said Jennifer Dominguez, a library assistant. “We’ve gone old school.”

This has been the summer of crippling ransomware attacks. Wilmer — a town of almost 5,000 people just south of Dallas — is one of 22 cities across Texas that are simultaneously being held hostage for millions of dollars after a sophisticated hacker, perhaps a group of them, infiltrated their computer systems and encrypted their data. The attack instigated a statewide disaster-style response that includes the National Guard and a widening F.B.I. inquiry.

More than 40 municipalities have been the victims of cyberattacks this year, from major cities such as Baltimore, Albany and Laredo, Tex., to smaller towns including Lake City, Fla. Lake City is one of the few cities to have paid a ransom demand — about $460,000 in Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency — because it thought reconstructing its systems would be even more costly.

In most ransomware cases, the identities and whereabouts of culprits are cloaked by clever digital diversions. Intelligence officials, using data collected by the National Security Agency and others in an effort to identify the sources of the hacking, say many have come from Eastern Europe, Iran and, in some cases, the United States. The majority have targeted small-town America, figuring that sleepy, cash-strapped local governments are the least likely to have updated their cyberdefenses or backed up their data